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Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 18th, 2017: E-Bike Rally Today

It will be warm with a chance of rain tomorrow morning, so fender up:

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Monday A 40 percent chance of light rain before 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 45. Wind chill values between 30 and 40 early. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind around 8 mph.

Sunrise: 7:15am

Sunset: 4:31pm

That should take care of whatever snow still lingers.

And if you live in a neighborhood where there's still snow on the ground chances are you're also outside the Citi Bike service area, which means there could be dockless bike share in your future:

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the NYC Department of Transportation is today releasing a Request for Expressions of Interest aimed at bringing bike sharing to outer-borough neighborhoods that Citi Bike has not yet reached — including in the Bronx and on Staten Island. The RFEI seeks innovative companies and ideas around next-generation “dockless” public bike share systems. The City will continue to support and strengthen Citi Bike, and prioritize new systems that complement existing service. Citi Bike has had more than 53.5 million trips since its launch in 201

I hope the DOT plans to install a whole lot of racks, because I have a hard enough time finding somewhere to lock my bike as it is.

We can also expect the anti-bikies to use poorly-parked bikes to further their agenda, like they do in Seattle.

Yes, bicycles are a blight on the urban landscape.  Cars, on the other hand, are always stored unobtrusively:

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As for Citi Bike, here's a nifty data visualization tool if you're into that sort of thing:

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As you might expect, crosstown trips in Manhattan are particularly popular:

The visualization also shows that the most popular routes run on the west side of Manhattan through Central Park and Chelsea Pier, as well as through Grand Central and Penn Station. Riders bike more along streets running east to west than along avenues running north to south, presumably because there are more uptown and downtown subways than crosstown trains.

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There's a lot the city can do with this information:

This information can help the city decide where to direct funding for dedicated bike paths, new Citi Bike stations, and other bike-friendly interventions. Moreover, by looking at the most popular routes during different times of the day and week, the city can more effectively deploy traffic officers to ensure the safety of cyclists.

Of course "ensure the safety of cyclists" means ticket them.

And if you want all the convenience of bike share without all the pesky pedaling, one person wants to start a pedicab company but for locals:

His service, dubbed Host (for “hop on short trips”), would be a different beast from the pedicabs that hover around Central Park offering $5-a-minute rides to out-of-towners. “We’re not interested in tourism,” Thomashow said. “We’re interested in last-mile and neighborhood-level transportation.”

He plans to launch in the spring with a fleet of 20 pedicabs in the Village, and build word of mouth by offering free weekend-evening rides using the Host app. In addition to being emissions-free, the pedicabs could move faster than taxis at rush hour, he said, especially if Host were allowed to use electric-assist tricycles and bike lanes. Thomashow said he has been talking to city regulators and thinks the rules preventing these practices are ripe for change.

Yeah, fat chance:

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It's practically 2018, and here's the mayor doubling down on a crackdown based entirely on anecdotes:

A group of delivery workers based in Brooklyn and Manhattan came out to the town hall in the hopes that de Blasio will change course. De Quan Lu, who runs the Chinese Mutual Group, an organization for Fujianese delivery workers, asked the mayor about the status of the e-bike crackdown.

De Blasio said he sympathized with delivery workers afraid to lose their livelihoods but won’t adjust his plans. “I know a lot of hard working people, such as are represented here, have the electronic bicycles, have been using them as part of their work, and I do appreciate that it’s been important to their livelihood,” de Blasio said. “Everyone knows how congested our streets and our sidewalks are, and there’s been a number of incidents, unfortunately, that have made people feel very unsafe when the electric bikes are being used.”

De Blasio did not cite any specific incidents. The city has yet to substantiate the assertion that electric bikes pose a genuine public safety hazard, failing to provide any data.

He's right, the streets certainly are congested.  If only there were some way to mitigate that congestion while simultaneously generating money for our ailing transit system...

Ah, it'll never happen.  Better ban ebikes and tell people to use cars instead:

“We don’t want to see the little guy, the average working person, have to deal with the fines,” he said. “We do want to see the businesses stop using these electric bikes. They can still use cars, they can still use regular bicycles. There’s still ways to make deliveries and to keep people in their employment, but the electric bikes are not legal and are not safe.”

So if after reading all that you exclaimed "Are you freaking kidding me?!?" then head on down to the rally this morning:

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I wonder if they'll be checking for ebikes.