Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 11th, 2017: Fender Up!

It's going to be cold today and we could see a little more snow this morning:

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Monday Isolated snow showers before 9am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 42. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. West wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday Night A chance of rain and snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunrise: 7:10am

Sunset: 4:29pm

As for this past weekend, of course you knew the snow was coming because all the wiper blades were pointed towards the heavens in anticipation:

Drivers have funny pre-snow rituals.  I once had a neighbor who would basically build a plywood hut around his car before every snowstorm, the idea being that once the snow stopped he could dismantle the structure and his car would be completely clear.  I can assure you from repeated viewings that this was considerably more work than simply leaving the car alone, but here's nothing quite as relaxing on a snowy winter evening as sipping a fine Scotch by the window while you watch some schlemiel vainly battling the elements

It's hard not to appreciate the festive snow hats though:

snowhats

Darn cyclists and their headphones:

headphones

Anyway, take extra care this morning, and I'm issuing an Ice Advisory for the morning hours:

ice

As well as a Fender Advisory since it's messy out there and you don't want a skunk stripe:

skunk stripe

And a Flat Advisory since melting snow fills the road shoulder with debris, which greatly increases the risk of puncture:

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This is a particular problem in bike lanes that run alongside the curb:

bike lane

And finally a Glare Advisory if you plan to be out at midday, as snow and wet roads can really sear your retinas:

glare

Make sure to wear sunglasses or a hat with a brim.

As for conditions around the city, here was the situation around Prospect Park as of yesterday:

The GWB path was closed:

And then it was open:

But if you're planning to use it today be sure and double-check.

On the west side, the Hudson River Greenway north of the GWB was intermittently rideable with slushy sections that will almost certainly be ice this morning:

west side

And on the Harlem River Greenway the situation was much the same;

east side

So greenway commuters should stick to the surface roads.

And city employees continue to observe standard procedure by parking in the bike lane even when there's plenty of room elsewhere:

city vehicle

Speaking of parking in the bike lane, yes, NYPD do ticket for that sometimes:

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The 94th Precinct also reported more ticketing of truck drivers and less ticketing of cyclists subsequent to the death of Neftaly Ramirez:

The increased focus on trucks led to over 1,000 tickets issued to them this year, up 300 from last year. Cyclists were also given less tickets this year, with 468 issued compared to 604 in 2015.

Though this doesn't address the underlying problem.