Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 13th, 2017: Smile, You're On Camera

Today will be cold but not brutally so, with a chance of rain:

mon weather

Monday A 30 percent chance of light rain, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. North wind around 8 mph.

Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. North wind around 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:41am

Sunset: 4:39pm

Nothing fenders and wool attire can't handle.

Work on the FDR drive will impact access to the East River Greenway bike path after 11pm this week:

And the Grand Street Bridge remains closed through today:

As always, drivers parked in bike lanes may be hostile:

And I wish I spoke German so I could hear this:

In national news, the latest tax reform plan eliminates the current bike commuter allowance of $20 per month:

The Senate tax reform plan released on Thursday, eliminates the bike commuter benefit while keeping commuter benefits for driving and riding transit! If Congress is going to support benefits for some commuters, they should offer them to all commuters. The commuter parking benefit costs the federal government over $7 billion each year – 35 times the highest possible cost of the bike benefit.  

I guess I'll have to stop writing off my weekly latte.

And here's an article from Slate on the benefit of riding with a camera on your bike:

Some drivers take it upon themselves to warn, scare, or downright assault bike riders who interrupt their day. When contacting police about this kind of behavior, it’s often been the cyclist’s word against the driver’s. And without hard evidence, that cyclist’s word has often proved worthless. But a growing number of cyclists are arming themselves with a powerful tool that gives them a voice in the fight against aggressive drivers: Devices like the Cycliq Fly6 and Fly12 are some of the most valuable investments a cyclist of any caliber can make for her bike.

Though not everybody agrees:

Hey, bike-hating is a little harsh, they prefer bike-skeptical:

 Certainly every bit of evidence helps, but unfortunately an expensive bike camera is not something an 11 year-old is likely to be using:

wapo

No one who spoke said they saw the police car strike the bicycle. The child’s mother, Portreona M. Brown, said in a July interview that her son had told her the cruiser hit the back wheel of his bicycle as he tried to get away from police because he had fireworks sticking out of his back pocket. The boy had bruises on his lower right leg and the bike was damaged, according to his mother and two neighbors who spoke to him moments after the incident. One woman told The Post that she bandaged the child’s wound.

Certainly when a child is endangering himself with fireworks the best course of action is to give chase in a police cruiser.

Cameras aside, the 100-plus year-old problem of reckless motoring calls for a 21st century solution, which is something the Reported app attempts to address:

Goals

The primary goal of Reported is to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists on the streets of NYC (and soon other cities, like SF). The strategy I’ve come up with is to document driver infractions, notify the appropriate channels and report the data to city agencies that have the ability to do something. My hope is that this project can:

1. Directly change driver behavior in measurable ways

2. Leverage and apply new technology in novel ways

3. Discover a business model that can keep the service sustainable

4. Inform and improve the city’s enforcement practices with data

Perhaps blackmail could be a good business model: pay up or we release the video evidence.

Hey, just an idea.