Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

July 13th, 2017: Heat Advisory

We're under a heat advisory today:

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Thursday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 97. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

Thursday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 9pm and 1am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 5:36am

Sunset: 8:27pm

So the city says to avoid strenuous activity:

Fortunately, if you're doing it right, bike commuting isn't strenuous.  Just follow these simple steps:

  • Leave early
  • Ride slower
  • Don't wear anything on your head
  • Wear light or even open-toed shoes or sandals
  • Stop and treat yourself to a delightfully cold coffee beverage with all the subway fare you're saving
  • Stop again and pick up something you need in an air-conditioned store (just think of them as cooling centers)

Yes, I realize cycling slowly while bareheaded and wearing sandals is the very picture of recklessness, so if it offends you stick to your high speeds, safety gear, and lug soles and enjoy your heat stroke.

Moving on, is this your bike?

No?  How about these?

Sure, the 19th Precinct's relationship with bikes has been somewhat fraught, but you've got to give them credit for cracking down on bike thieves.  They're even looking after the Citi Bikers!

Of course, cyclists being cyclists we always manage to find something to complain about:

"Yeah, like they're gonna have time to leave a note while they're making an arrest," I thought to myself when I read that, but guess what?

Now that's impressive.

In other news, the new bike lane on 111st Street in Corona is being painted:

And the Bruckner Boulevard bike lane is getting protected:

Expect some angry tweets from cyclists about that truck in the bike lane.

Lastly, in light of the ongoing Queensboro Bridge nighttime bike lane closures, the DOT is going to "study" opening the south outer roadway:

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After yesterday’s car-free Prospect Park press conference, I asked Trottenberg whether the agency would open the south outer roadway to biking and walking during the Con Ed closures. She said the agency has heard those concerns. “We’re sympathetic, and we are going to study it.”

As well as the possibility of creating dedicated pedestrian and bicycle paths:

DOT is also considering a permanent arrangement where bikers and walkers each get a separate path. “We are going to be studying what would be feasible in terms of dedicated use for cycling,” she said. “It’s on the agenda.”

Pending that, if you need to use the bridge after 10pm you're taking the shuttle.  In fact, you could have to take the shuttle before 10pm, because I recently heard from someone who left work early to beat the closure only to find the bike path already closed at 9:40.

Some day this Con Ed work's gonna end...

In the meantime safe, stay cool, and I'll see you back here tomorrow for the Friday Beer Forecast.