Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 17th, 2017: CarsRCrazy

Today should bring a little relief from yesterday's heat:

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Thursday Sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Increasing clouds, with a low around 72. South wind around 9 mph.

Sunrise: 6:09am

Sunset: 7:51pm

And the new 5th Avenue bike lane is taking shape:

But watch out for a potentially rim-destroying "trench" on 1st Ave at 18th Street:

Trenches aside, cycling becomes a more distinctive part of the cityscape every day.  Sure, Trump may have removed the super-secret White House bike share station just because:

But here in New York, Citi Bike has opened a new facility in Gowanus:

The new 16,000-square-foot facility is located at 77 14th St., adjacent to the nightclub Analog BKNY.

It will employ 450 people, the majority of whom are Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 members. They will mainly be tasked with maintaining and repairing the bikes.

Wow, the growth of cycling can create jobs?  Who'da thunk it?

I wonder if any NIMBYs found a way to complain about parking.

After all, you could fit a lot of Hyundais in a 16,000-square-foot warehouse.

Speaking of parking and the changing cityscape, the city will soon debut its carshare pilot program, which includes allocating 300 parking spaces to carshare users:

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“With reliable access to a car, New Yorkers may decide to do away with their own wheels and save on car insurance, gas, maintenance, tickets, and other expenses involved in owning a vehicle,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

The DOT will implement two spaces at a time on the curbs of residential areas that are regulated for alternate side parking. New signage will indicate that the spaces are for “Carshare Parking Only” and the NYPD has been given authority to issue tickets or tow away non-carshare vehicles that illegally park in the spaces.

This is great news for people who use services like Car2Go.  If you're unfamiliar with it, it's basically like dockless bike share, and the cars are only slightly larger and heavier than a Citi Bike:

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I'd love to see carsharing become more widespread so I hope this works out.  Specifically, there's going to have to be meaningful enforcement, because if drivers treat these dedicated spaces the same way they treat the bike lanes there's going to be trouble:

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Still hasn't paid that ticket by the way:

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Oh sure, if someone's loitering in the special carshare space and pawing away at their phone you can pull up in your Car2Go Citi Bike on steroids and politely ask the offender to move, but we all know how that turns out:

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Djems Jean-Paul, 41, allegedly killed Omri Dahan, 23, and wounded Ayal Dahan, 29, after the brothers confronted him for blocking the space at their Bergen Beach home at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Neighbors say the Dahan family had previously butted heads with the Haitian-born Jean-Paul “eight or nine times” for parking his car in front of their driveway when he visited the house next door on East 73rd Street, but they can’t believe it ended so tragically.

The media was all over synthetic marijuana not too long ago, but cars and the parking of them drive people way crazier than that stuff ever will:

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Seriously, it just never ends:

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CHELSEA — A driver parked in a bike lane sped after a cyclist, got out of his car and called her a "f---ing b--ch" after she maneuvered around his vehicle, the NYPD said.

She managed to get his license plate, but sadly that only works in movies:

The man drove off soon after, but the woman managed to get his license plate number, the NYPD said.

He hadn’t been arrested as of Wednesday.

The NYPD won't even arrest you for killing a cyclist with a garbage truck, so you can be sure they'll never get around to this guy.

Lastly, for a long time now the DOT has been giving away free bike helmets, but is this really the right message?

A helmet with "Vision Zero" on it seems like the ultimate irony, kind of like that helmet in "Full Metal Jacket:"  

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As a parent, this says to me my child's safety comes last.  Drivers are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for New York City children, and handing them helmets seems like the least effective way possible to address that.  It also says sends the message that the DOT doesn't have much confidence in its streets--or, to put it another way:

There's got to be a better way of putting kids on bikes than putting them in helmets.