Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

July 21st, 2017: Your Weekend Forecast

Like the person playing Pearl Jam in the cubicle next to you, we're stuck in the 90s:

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Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph.

Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming north after midnight.

Sunrise: 5:43am

Sunset: 8:22pm

As for the weekend, we're looking at possible thunderstorms:

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And the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for Long Meadow Gold:

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 Brooklyn Long Meadow Gold is a laid-back pale ale brewed in honor of Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary. It’s available at Smorgasburg and in the Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room, which makes it an excellent finish line for a morning bike ride. Ride over, grab a beer, and split before the crowds move in. It’s a particularly refreshing beer for hot days, and only clocks in at 4.5% ABV so you’ll still be able to ride after one or two.

There you go, your weekend's all planned out for you.

As for today's commute, I understand that the NYPD is doing a Bicycle Safe Passage initiative.  This involves targeting motorists who put cyclists at risk, so if you see any drivers getting tickets for blocking the bike lane resist the urge to point and laugh.  (Though feel free to take a picture.)  Alas, I didn't see any mention of the latest Bicycle Safe Passage initiative on the NYPD's social media, though I did come across this:

I'm not sure if they're ticketing cyclists here or just telling people to watch out.  Hopefully it's only the latter, and if so I'd go so far as to say it's warranted since there are a lot of pedestrians there and I've seen too many cyclists fail to yield to them after they've managed to survive crossing 12th Avenue.

Hey, tourists are people too.

Meanwhile, across town, the sinkhole on the East River Greenway at E. 23rd St. I mentioned yesterday just keeps getting bigger:

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(Photo courtesy of @leroys_dog)

Fun fact: did you know the FDR Drive is built on rubble from World War II?

Bought in lots between 1934-1938 by the City of New York, this area was drastically transformed through massive re-landscaping, extensive parkway development and the creation of several recreational areas during the first few years of World War II (1939-1945). With the construction of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive, set atop landfill comprising rubble from London houses destroyed during the German Blitzkrieg, commuters moved more easily from Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx to the heart of Manhattan. During the construction of “The FDR” or “The East River Drive,” the City took the opportunity to develop nearby vacant lots and riverfront property into much needed park space and beautiful riverside promenades. Three pedestrian overpasses also built during the 1940s enable improved access to the waterfront for Manhattan’s East Side communities.

So if you find yourself in the area, why not hop into the chasm and rummage?  Who knows, you might snag yourself a piece of history.

I suspect what we're really seeing here is the island of Manhattan shedding all its landfill and reverting to its original coastline.

In other East River news, its waters are now being plied by mostly empty LIRR "Summer of Hell" boats:

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A 250-person-capacity American Princess cruiser pulled away from the Midtown East ferry dock at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday with three Long Island Railroad passengers on board, en route to Long Island City. The boat looped back around for the 5:20 p.m., and picked up three more passengers.

Earlier, a 4:40 p.m. LIRR ferry to Hunterspoint, the 330-capacity Tails of the Sea, departed with two riders, outnumbered by the boat's crew.

It's times like this when you start to appreciate how little the bicycle commuter asks of the city and state.  As cyclists we're pretty much self-sufficient, and all we really ask is for some bike lanes here and there.  Meanwhile these ingrates get a yacht and they don't even have the decency to take a nice cruise.

Lastly, while NYPD shores up our pedestrian plazas (and encroaches on our bike lanes in the process) in order to protect us from terrorism, ordinary drivers continue to remind us why the phrase "weaponized motor vehicle" is redundant:

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Three people were hospitalized — two critically — after an SUV hopped a curb on the Upper East Side and struck at least one pedestrian, authorities said.

The vehicle vaulted the sidewalk on E. 64th St. and Madison Ave. about 4:45 p.m.

And from another news report:

"It's pretty bad, pretty bad. She was on the floor laying down, she wasn't moving, she was bleeding, gushing blood," said Carlos Medina, a witness.

Bike messenger Medina had been riding in the lane next to the Chevy Suburban on Madison.

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As cops tried to get to the driver, they found him slumped over the steering wheel.

"He was having an attack, he was having a seizure attack," Medina said.

Could be, but he's also got a history of parking on the sidewalk so maybe he was just looking for a spot:

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Every Suburban's a potential weapon, and every driver's a very short fuse.

Ride safe this weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday.