Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 8th, 2017: Your Weekend Forecast

It's starting to feel genuinely wintery out there:

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Friday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Wind chill values between 30 and 35. West wind around 9 mph.

Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

Sunrise: 7:08am

Sunset: 4:28pm

And this weekend we may see actual snow:

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Which is why the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast Calls for...

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Winter Lager!

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The season of actual winter weather and festive parties is officially upon us. Lean into things with our Winter Lager, a roasty-yet-light schwarzbier-inspired black lager. It has all the heartiness of a winter beer, but dries up quickly and leaves you refreshed instead of bogging you down with sweetness. Bring enough to share, and have some fun. In a few short weeks you can put that one sweater away for another year.

Sounds good to me.

In the meantime, as you finish out the week, be sure to savor the irony that there's even such a thing as a "Gridlock Alert Day:"

That's like Starbucks having a Burnt Coffee Day.

Also, just to remind you, work will begin this weekend on the 49th Avenue Bridge:

And the Mill Basin Bridge bike lane will shift:

As will the one on the Gerritsen Inlet Bridge:

In other news, here's yesterday's NYPD Officer Of The Day:

Blocking the bike lane is a given, but it's not often you get a thank you.

Kudos to him for going the extra mile.

And of course yesterday pedestrians and cyclists were inuured in a "chain-reaction crash" downtown:

“It was road rage,” a police source said. “The Lincoln was stuck behind the Ford. He either lost the light or the other driver was too slow turning at the intersection.”

The Explorer hit a cyclist, crushing the bike under one of the SUV’s wheels, while the livery driver kept going.

“There was a big bang and then screams,” said Natalia Lozano, an office worker. “He hit the car on Broadway and kept on going. The people were on the ground injured.”

Phew!  Not a rare act of terrorism, just something that can (and does) happen at any moment.  So you can breathe a sigh of relief.  And at least the the media is addressing the important issues:

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Bill Fuchs, 71, saw the EMTs load the bicyclist — a woman — into an ambulance.

“They had her in a stretcher and a neck brace,” he said. “She seemed responsive and was awake. I don’t know if she had a helmet. I hope she did.”

I'd have gone with "I hope she's all right."

Finally, a Long Island City bike shop is closing, and the owner cites Citi Bike as part of the reason:

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Silvestre said that when Citi Bike moved into Long Island City in 2015 his business declined but with the expansion into Astoria it has suffered more. Citi Bike opened about 60 stations in Astoria this year adding to the 12 that came to Long Island City in 2015.

Additionally, he said, people are buying their bicycles or bike parts online, which has also put a dent in business.

Well we need Citi Bike, and we need bike shops, so seems to me this Internet thingy's gotta go.