Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 15th, 2017: We Can't Have That, Can We?

The showers aren't due to arrive until late, so today should be a good day to ride:

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Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. North wind 6 to 8 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunrise: 6:43am

Sunset: 4:38pm

Bronxites should note that there is a community board join up at the Bronx Museum tonight:

Everybody should note there's a World Day of Remembrance ride this coming Sunday:

Also, this looks pretty good:

And as always check the Citi Bike map for the status of your favorite station before tweeting angrily at them:

Moving on, NY1 looked at Bike New York's adult cyclist classes yesterday:

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Complete with some in-studio riding:

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And the 88th Precinct recently shared this gripping bike safety video:

It begins with a sight as beautiful and fleeting as the cherry blossoms of spring, which is the NYPD actually clearing a driver out of a bike lane:

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"There's somebody in the bike lane over there.  If a bicyclist wanted to come past there he would have to swerve into traffic.  We can't have that, can we?"

Of course we can't.

Then Lieutenant Davids explains what a bike salmon is, which made my head explode:

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"Very dangerous.  Here's--they call those 'salmon.'  You see that guy on the bike?  He's going the wrong way, he's swimming upstream."

If you had told me back when I first minted the term "bike salmon" that it would one day be used by the NYPD in one of their characteristically disingenuous bike safety videos I would have said the same thing then as I'm saying now, which is "Where the hell are my royalties?!?"

At the very least, this should entitle me to a parking placard.

Anyway, the video ends with Lieutenant Davids letting a cyclist who's just run three lights off with a warning:

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This is exactly the treatment I expect when I whip out my salmon placard.

Finally, here's an op-ed from the Guardian that's about the UK but in many ways is just as relevant to us:

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See, bike infrastructure is popular:

Every single one of the cycle superhighway schemes now open in the capital got between 60% and 85% public support, in our own statutory consultations and in independent, professional opinion polls. Once the new routes opened, that support translated into astonishing levels of usage. In the first six months, the number of cyclists on the roads served by the new separated lanes went up by more than half. The bike lane on Blackfriars bridge, which takes up a fifth of the roadspace, now carries 70% of the bridge’s rush-hour traffic.

But it creates "a lot of noise:"

Partly it’s because politicians confuse noise with numbers. Cycling schemes create a lot of noise. Our opponents would spend busy weeks organising petitions, holding demonstrations and comparing bike lanes to the Luftwaffe in their effects on the capital. But almost every time the consultation results came back, the nimbies found that they lacked the numbers. In this year’s election, the MP who campaigned hardest against our cycling schemes, the Enfield Tory David Burrowes, lost his seat. In Walthamstow, where fire and brimstone was directed at our and the Labour council’s “mini-Holland” cycling project, Labour was re-elected with 80% of the vote.

Sound familiar?

So the key to it all is "having a political leader who is actually willing to lead:"

In the end, however, all this relies on having a political leader who is actually willing to lead. And that species is in disappointingly short supply. In my London experience, some were superb but most, Labour and Tory, wanted only to talk about promoting cycling. When it came to doing anything much, their resolve faltered.

If you need ours, he'll be at the gym.