Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 8th, 2017: Will We Ever Have A Bicycling Mayor?

The foul weather has moved on and it should be a good day to ride:

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Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 51. North wind 8 to 13 mph.

Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. North wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:35am

Sunset: 4:44pm

Especially now that those Hudson River Greenway barriers have been straightened out:

Elsewhere on the streets, a commenter pointed out that Marine Parkway Bridge weekday closures have been extended to November 22nd.  Here's the original announcement:

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While we're out by Jamaica Bay here's something else to keep in mind:

And on the other end of Brooklyn if you're in the market for some free lights you can pick some up next week at the Williamsburg Bridge:

Moving on, while results were still coming in at press time it's pretty safe to say that your write-in candidate didn't clinch the victory:

And on the occasion of the election New York Magazine recently took a look at the city under de Blasio:

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Bold ideas like that aren’t hard to find. Architects have proposed turning all of Broadway from a traffic artery into a linear park. Last June, the activist group Transportation Alternatives launched Streetopia, a set of reasoned fantasies of a nearly car-free New York. Activist organizations and design studios can crank out futuristic visions without worrying about politics or expense, but real cities are paying attention. Barcelona is experimenting with carving the gridded Eixample neighborhood into limited-access superblocks and designating some streets as arteries. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has vowed to cut cars’ turf in half, putting muscle behind that plan by converting an embankment expressway along the Seine into a pedestrian boulevard.

It's certainly undeniable that as far as street design goes the city currently feels like Apple pre-iPhone X--we kicked off something truly revolutionary 10 years ago but now we need to take it to the next level or else our stock's going to fall.  This is basically what Streetopia's going for:

Think of getting rid of the cars as losing the home button, and implementing some form of congestion pricing as facial recognition.

Given this it's tempting to fantasize about one day electing a bicycling mayor who truly gets it.  And while we've had at least one hit-and-runner (though not while in office):

Former Mayor David Dinkins has settled a hit-and-run lawsuit filed against him by a bicycle deliveryman.

Cyclist Rodrigo Garcia claimed that Dinkins, 89, slammed into him with his Cadillac on York Avenue in Manhattan last year, then drove off, leaving him lying in the street.

As far as I know the last mayor who actually rode a bike was John Lindsay:

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Prior to that you've got to go all the way back to Robert Anderson Van Wyck (1898-1901), a cyclist who campaigned on the promise of building bike paths:

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Now he has one of the city's most dreaded expressways named after him, go figure.

Finally, Streetsblog has an homage to Gothamist and DNAinfo

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Reporters like John del Signore, Chris Robbins, and Lauren Evans took bicycling seriously. It sounds like a simple thing but it made a huge difference.

Streetsblog was fighting a pretty lonely battle up until a few years ago. Much of the NYC press treated cyclists like aliens and bike infrastructure like an artifact that should be blasted back into space. The Gothamist crew was different. They published exposes of shoddy NYPD crash investigations, they appreciated a good bike lane, and they weren’t afraid to mock the outlandish anti-bike propaganda emanating from TV news and the tabloids.

I firmly believe that without Gothamist, bicycling and bike infrastructure would still be covered as fringe interests in most major NYC outlets today.

All very true, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought about that "bike lane terrorist" post last Tuesday.