Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 9th, 2017: Arctic Front

Sunny and cool today but the temperature will drop and the wind kick up later tonight:

Snapshot 11:8:17, 4:38 PM

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 35. Breezy, with a south wind 7 to 12 mph becoming northwest 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Sunrise: 6:36am

Sunset: 4:43pm

That's right, your growing season is over:

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday.

An arctic front will pass through the region Late Thursday Night
bringing the coldest air of the season to the area Friday into
Saturday. Record low temperatures are possible Friday Night, with
temperatures falling into the lower to mid 20s for the urban corridor
and coast and teens across the interior. This will end what is left
of the growing season.

Hopefully your harvest was a bountiful one and you have ample grain stores to see you through the winter.

As for what's happening out on the streets, granite blocks are considerably more tasteful than crooked jersey barriers:

Seems like we could use more of those along the bike lanes.

Also, expect closures on the Carroll Street Bridge in Brooklyn starting Friday November 10th:

Looking ahead, various writers imagined a self-driving future for the Times, and on balance it's not particularly tantalizing:

Consider, for example, the possibility of transforming your car into a gym:

self driving

THERE’S NEVER ENOUGH time in the day to exercise, but perhaps the solution is in our cars. “A self-driving vehicle could definitely make a great gym, because it’s rigid all over,” says Marko Vujicic, an engineer and a partner at NPD Team, a company that consults with exercise-equipment manufacturers about machine designs. “That rigidity theoretically allows you to use every plane of the car against which to apply resistance. Your car becomes a full weight room on wheels.”

Sounds great!  Too bad there isn't some sort of vehicle that requires a certain amount of human effort in order to work, thereby simultaneously providing you with exercise and carrying you swiftly to your destination.

Eh, who am I kidding, it'll never happen.

Another great use for self-driving cars according to this epic think piece?  Having sex in them--you know, just like you wish you could do on your bike, apparently:

When the enabling mode of transportation is one that permits our excitement to be processed as erotic energy — even if that processing is specifically legislated against — some of us will do that. The distance between “excited” and “stimulated” is, after all, incredibly short. If there were a way to have sex on a bicycle, people would be bike-sexing all the time. It would have its own verb.

Sorry, wrong, because it is:

Snapshot 11:8:17, 11:26 PM

And they're not.

At least I hope they're not.

Anyway, as far as hyperbolized visions of the power of technology to change society go, I prefer this ebike ad which someone over at my other blog alerted me to:

They're all bent over because it's a metaphor for driving, though we could also just as easily be looking at a conference room full of people who commute by road bike:


Finally, while we could use more intersections like this one in Boston:

What really got me is that the fine for running a light on your bike in Massachusetts...


..is only $20:


Wow, that's almost proportional to the amount of risk you pose to others.

What are they thinking?