Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 15th, 2017: Your Weekend Forecast

Seriously, what is up with this weather?  You'd think it was December or something:

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Friday A 20 percent chance of snow after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Friday Night Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 26. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. West wind 6 to 13 mph.

Sunrise: 7:13am

Sunset: 4:30pm

The weekend should be warmer, but only slightly:

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Given this you'll want to drink the right beer, and to that end the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for Defender IPA:

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With winter temperatures and early nights truly upon us, we’ve been turning towards the brighter side for a little help. We’re recommending our Defender IPA this weekend to take on the cold and dark with bright tropical fruit notes and just enough bitterness to shake the life back into your frozen mouth. If you choose to double-fist with a mug of cinnamon-spiked hot chocolate, we won’t judge.

Turning to the streets, watch out for ice this morning:

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And be prepared to encounter uncleared bike paths:

Greenways may also be hit-or-miss, particularly the Hudson River Greenway, where those barriers are doing their job a little too well:

Surface roads may be a better bet, though those come with their own set of hazards:

This weekend will also see closures of the Third Street Bridge in Brooklyn:

Meanwhile, two things continue to dominate the news.  One is GoldenGate:

(No, it isn't.  And it's wonderful.)

And the other is the plan for the L train shutdown:

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Daily cycling volume in Manhattan is expected to double during the shutdown, so the agencies are installing new protected bike lanes between Bushwick Avenue and the bridge in Brooklyn — running on Grand Street toward Manhattan, and on a nearby residential street away from it — and on Delancey Street in Manhattan between the bridge and Allen Street.

Transit advocates had been pushing for a dedicated bike lane along the L’s path on 14th Street in Manhattan, but the agencies’ plan calls for a two-way protected bike lane on 13th Street instead.

“DOT will work with Motivate on its Citi Bike capacity to help service inconvenienced subway users, such as increased bike inventories and valet services to help move riders,” the plan states.

Good thing they didn't consult Elon Musk:

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“There is this premise that good things must be somehow painful,” he said onstage at a Tesla event on the sidelines of the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference in Long Beach, California, in response to an audience question about his take on public transit and urban sprawl. “I think public transport is painful. It sucks. Why do you want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn’t leave where you want it to leave, doesn’t start where you want it to start, doesn’t end where you want it to end? And it doesn’t go all the time.”

“It’s a pain in the ass,” he continued. “That’s why everyone doesn’t like it. And there’s like a bunch of random strangers, one of who might be a serial killer, OK, great. And so that’s why people like individualized transport, that goes where you want, when you want.”

I'm not sure they should let this guy anywhere near cities.  This is the sort of stuff Robert Moses would come up with after doing bong hits and binge-watching The Jetsons.