Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 14th, 2017: Eastward Expansion

Today's weather will be cool but there shouldn't be anything to keep a sensibly-attired person off the bike:

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Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Wind chill values between 30 and 40 early. North wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. North wind 8 to 11 mph.

Sunrise: 6:42am

Sunset: 4:39pm

With the sun basically setting at lunch time now make sure to use lights, and if you're out you can always pick up some fresh ones:

Note that the Grand Street Bridge closure has been extended through November 20th:

And check the Citi Bike map before you go as roadway repair may be impacting your favorite station:

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Also there's that parade coming:

And if you've got a burning question about urban cycling for "two of today's most fascinating and outspoken voices on cycling culture" here's were to direct them:

This week on The Upgrade, we’re taking on urban biking in all its glory and ridiculousness. Our guests are Bike Snob NYC and Brooklyn Spoke, two of today’s most fascinating and outspoken voices on cycling culture. We’re excited to talk with them about the best commuter bikes, if and how cities can get to Vision Zero, and how to handle that a-hole riding the wrong way in the bike lane—but we want to barrage them with your questions, too.

Once upon a time I would have recommended playing chicken with the aforementioned a-hole, but now I recommend cutting them some slack as they're probably just a victim of poor infrastructure and an auto-centric society.

Speaking of auto-centrism, Eastern Queens was once a byword for that, but the times the are a-getting different:

There are lots of reasons to celebrate this, but one is that the mountain bike trails of Cunningham Park are a true recreational gem, and anything that makes it easier to get to them by bike is a huge boon to recreational cycling within the city limits.

But rest assured people will continue to blame these bike lanes for all the ills of society:

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And even though the accident is no great tragedy, some say it’s just a matter of time before one happens. Community Board 11, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and others in northeast Queens have said the new Northern Boulevard bike lane — which took away a lane of traffic for westbound vehicles, like the bus and the SUV that were merging from the highway — is highly dangerous.

“Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the crash but the number of crashes along Northern Boulevard since the bike lane’s installment have left community members worried that the next incident will not be so lucky,” Avella said in a prepared statement, claiming the path caused the crash.

Fortunately the DOT seems to be standing their ground:

“The bike lane had no role in this rear-end crash, as per our discussions with the 111th Precinct, and there were no injuries in the incident,” the agency told the Chronicle. “Given the NYPD’s 2016 crash stats, and given that none of the recent incidents Senator Avella cites has resulted in injuries, it is important to give this safety improvement project time to work.”

And maybe drive more carefully while you're at it.

But even NY1 seems to be getting into the bike lane-blaming act:

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"...Even though it was intended to make things safer for bicyclists, the only thing that's changed in that area are the bicycle lanes, and you saw how many examples of car crashes in recent weeks..."

Seriously?  Cars crash into into people, places, and things all the time, which is why we need the bike lanes in the first place.  Where was the bike lane that caused this?

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Maybe it's time to start focusing on the behavior of the people doing the crashing.