Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 18th, 2017: Your Weekend Forecast

***After today the Bike Forecast will be on end-of-summer hiatus through Labor Day.  See you back here on Tuesday, September 5th!***

Not looking so great today unfortunately:

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Friday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:10am

Sunset: 7:49pm

But hopefully we'll get the bad weather out of our system for the weekend:

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Speaking of which, here's your Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast:


Make sure you brave the rain today and pick up plenty of Brooklyn Lager for the good weather ahead:

1 shelf Lager-12oz-LR original

This weekend looks to be packed with not only a vicious swing from summer storms to a heat wave, but a ton of parties and events across the city. We’re recommending Brooklyn Lager for your adventures. It has a bit more body to support a Friday and perhaps Saturday indoors, but is still plenty refreshing for the heat on the other side of the rain. Plus, it comes in the ever-important, easy-to-tote cans for your convenience.

That it does:

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As for those parties and events, this is the last weekend of Summer Streets:

And tonight you can also partake in the Donut Ride, which is exactly what it sounds like:

I don't know how Brooklyn Lager pairs with donuts, so use your best judgment.

In other news, on Tuesday I mentioned the rider who was hit by a driver in an act of road rage and subsequently yelled at by the NYPD, and now Gothamist has the whole story:


"Minutes later, I'm still laying in the street, and a cop comes over and asks me what happened, and I said a f-cking car hit me and took off," Keller recalled. "Then the driver, because people had chased him down, comes jogging up and says, 'Hey it was me I'm sorry.'"

According to Keller, the police officer interviewed the driver, Lamont Melendez of Queens, for 10 to 15 minutes, but "never asked me what happened or gave me a chance to tell my part of the story." He was then taken to the hospital, where he learned that he had ligament damage in his shoulder.

A few hours later, still sore from the crash, Keller went to the 5th Precinct on Elizabeth Street to add his perspective to the police report. It was here, he said, that "things became very heated."

In the NYPD universe, the driver's account is the only one that matters.

Speaking of drivers' accounts:


Motorist Andres Millan, 49, was attacked after getting stuck in traffic on Second Avenue at East 14th Street at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, by the group of 20 teenage bike riders, according to cops.

Milan was trying to navigate his way around the group when several of them swarmed his SUV, leaving dents and cracking his windshield.

Not to condone violence or stealing in any way, but how did he "navigate his way around" 20 cyclists in an SUV?  That sounds a lot more like an impatient driver trying to force his way through to me.  It also sounds a lot like what happened in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago:

But certainly rampaging teens on bikes is a much better narrative for the tabloids.

Moving on, here's a recap of Austin Horse's recent "Everesting" of the Williamsburg Bridge in the name of the 14th Street PeopleWay:

But while advocates are calling for better bus and bike access ahead of the L train shutdown, one person would like to see New York catch Gondola Fever instead:

Mr. Levy lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. During a ski trip to Chamonix, France, in the Alps a few years ago, he had an epiphany of sorts.

“I stumbled upon a brand-new state-of-the-art gondola system in France and it frankly reminded me of a New York City subway car,” he recalled. “It was quite large, with 35 passengers per car. And by the time I got halfway up the mountain, I said, ‘Jeez, why isn’t there one of these between Brooklyn and Manhattan?’ The congestion on the L train is legendary.”

And the L train itself will shut down for 15 months for repairs, beginning in 2019.

An idea that's a bit "alternative" for Transportation Alternatives:

Nonetheless, there are skeptics. Transportation Alternatives, the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, said that a gondola, while worth pursuing, was not a solution to the coming shutdown of the L train for repairs related to Hurricane Sandy. Rather, the group was focused on urging the city to create a network of dedicated bus lanes in and around the L train corridor.

I tend to agree, and I'd also like to add that gondolas scare the hell out of me.

And while the article does point out that there is something of a precedent in the Roosevelt Island Tramway, I should also point out that Yonkers, our neighbor to the north, once had a funicular, which I'd argue is in the same family of exotic alpine conveyances.  Obviously it's long defunct, but I checked out its remains last December.  Here's the upper station in the funicular's heyday:

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And here it is today:

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If you're a transportation nerd and/or urban exploration buff and you like to ride up hills I highly recommend it.

Ride safe, enjoy the rest of August, and I'll see you back here on Tuesday, September 5th.