Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 1st, 2017: Ride On

We should have mostly favorable commuting conditions today though be prepared for the possibility of rain as the day goes on:

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Wednesday Increasing clouds, with a high near 57. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 7:27am

Sunset: 5:52pm

And while of course foremost on everybody's minds is yesterday's horrible attack it will certainly not keep New Yorkers off their bikes:

As of yesterday evening there were still extensive closures in the area so be prepared and check for updates:

It also did not stop the Halloween Parade:

During my own trick-or-treating rounds yesterday evening (I head out once the kids are in bed, they only hold me back) I was shocked to observe a family trick-or-treating by SUV.  Yes that's right: they'd pull up in front of a house, the kids would run out while the parents waited, then they'd all pile back into the car and drive the 50 feet to the next one.

It was even more depressing than a "trunk or treat," which I just learned is a thing:

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Have you been to a Trunk or Treat? These fun and safe Halloween events have kids trick-or-treat from car to car instead of house-to-house.

Sounds great.  What will be the next car-based holiday trend, putting the Christmas presents under it?  Yes, there's nothing as exiting as waking up on Christmas morning, running out into the driveway, and army-crawling under a Hyundai Elantra.

In other depressing news, the driver who killed Dan Hanegby honked at him first:

Bystander Michael O'Connor spoke to Lewis right after the crash, according to the complaint. Lewis allegedly told O'Connor that he saw Hanegby riding in the center of the road, then honked his horn but "wasn't sure if the bicyclist heard him because the cyclist was wearing headphones."

Lewis then allegedly passed the cyclist, "heard a commotion," felt "something," and looked in the bus mirror, seeing Hanegby on the ground. Hanegby was the first Citi Bike rider to die while using the bike share system, which launched in 2013.

Nice attempt to blame the headphones, but that just says he knew Hanegby was there and went ahead anyway.

For this he was offered a plea deal:

Lewis, 52, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on a desk appearance ticket Tuesday, following his September 5th arrest. He stood silently alongside his private counsel in a suit jacket and matching slacks while prosecutors summarized the allegations. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office then offered Lewis a plea deal amounting to a $1,000 fine, driver remediation classes, and a six month license suspension.

Yes, it's a fine line between a misdemeanor and an act of terror, and that line is blowing your horn instead of shouting “Allahu akbar" before you kill.

Finally, here's a frustrating yet excellent article on all the ways the mayor is letting us down on transit:

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More protected bike lanes

In 2016, the city built 18.5 miles of protected bike lanes, more than in any previous year. But even with a projected 90 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of this year, that’s still a tiny number compared to some 6,000 total miles of roads.

Protected bike lanes — those separated from traffic by a physical barrier — are crucial to making it safer to bike in the city, as conventional bike lanes are constantly invaded by opened car doors, parked cars, and swerving drivers. According to a 2014 DOT analysis, injuries of both pedestrians and cyclists along protected bike lane corridors dropped 20 percent despite huge increases in ridership during that same time. Rather than adding piecemeal sections — half a mile here, a mile there, redoing an intersection there — the mayor could lead an effort to create protected route networks; instead, he’s put the brakes on some new bike lane proposals where there’s been local opposition.

Hey, why do something that makes sense?