Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 12th, 2017: Every Day Is Gridlock Alert Day

50% chance of rain today but after yesterday's transit mayhem you may like those odds:

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Tuesday A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Southeast wind 10 to 13 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Sunrise: 7:11am

Sunset: 4:28pm

Plus, it's win/win, since it looks like we could use a little rain to wash away the remaining snow that lingered into Monday:

And hey, look at that, more Gridlock Alert Days:

Apparently if you want to drive today though it's totally fine and you should expect no traffic whatsoever.

Meanwhile, in Paris, mayor Anne Hidalgo maintains her commitment to cycling and the environment:

Amazing how that guy materialized to take Arnold's bike:

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Is that how the Citi Bike valet program works?

Of course, here in New York our elected officials operate a bit differently where bikes are concerned, and you'll want to read this Twitter thread in its entirety:

What is it about state senators and bikes anyway?

This is why we've got to look out for ourselves, and if you or someone you know could use a winter cycling primer here's a free class:

Here's a podcast you might also find informative:

Well, two-thirds of it anyway, not sure what I contributed.

And here's Citi Bike with the Christmas tree-portaging tips you've been looking for:

They say put it on the bike and roll it:

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Though personally I'd go with riding the bike, pointing the tree forward, and wielding the tree like a lance.

If nothing else it might help you get across the Brooklyn Bridge:

What really stands out in this article is just how much capacity we've squandered by turning so much of the bridge over to cars:

The Brooklyn Bridge, which opened in 1883, once carried far more people when railroad cars and trolleys used the bridge. But today, traffic is limited to six lanes for passenger vehicles and the wood-and-concrete promenade overhead that narrows to just 10 feet across in places, barely wide enough to fit the side-by-side pedestrian and bike lanes.

So while a separate bike entrance sounds good:

The separate bike entrance would consist of an elevated lane on the Manhattan side that would run along the edge of the bridge — physically separate from the existing promenade — and then join back with the promenade in an L-shape. It would divert cyclists from the heavily crowded entrance to the bridge, and also reduce any potential conflicts with pedestrians in a sloping section of the bridge where Manhattan-bound cyclists are going their fastest.

Banning cars from the bridge (or at the very least tolling them) sounds even better.

Finally, we've heard a lot about drivers running aground on the Northern Boulevard bike lane:

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And if you're wondering how they keep managing this you may be oddly comforted by the fact that this sort of behavior is a global phenomenon:

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(Via BikePortland)

Drivers can't seem to stop hitting a giant rock in a suburban parking lot, despite it being an inanimate object surrounded by yellow-painted curbs.

"I don't know how you miss this big rock or how you cut the curb so tight you end up jacked up on the rock," said Brangwyn Jones, who lives in the northwest community of Sage Hill.

"I'm trying to wrap my mind around it, as are many of the community members."

Clearly the only thing drivers are capable of seeing is parking spots.