Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

July 2nd, 2018: Talk About Multimodal

It's going to be hot again today, but you're used to that by now:

Monday Weather

Monday Sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 95. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 75. South wind 3 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 5:29am

Sunset: 8:31pm

Here are some handy tips for staying cool:

  • Leave early, go slow
  • Alter your route to avoid hills and seek shade if possible
  • Carry your stuff on your bike instead of on your body
  • Treat yourself to a cold beverage stop or two
  • Ride to the train and take advantage of the AC for part of your journey
  • Bypass work altogether and go straight to beach

Also, more controversially, open-toed shoes are a great way to stay cool.  Yes, there's a conception you'll contract a disease or lose your toes to your drivetrain or a bus if you wear sandals while cycling in New York City, but if you have a minimal amount of common sense you almost certainly won't.  (The above notwithstanding, the Bike Forecast will not be responsible for foot-borne diseases and/or loss of toes.)

Moving on, here's some great news:

As anybody who's ridden the 2nd Avenue bike lane knows, it provides you with a false sense of security and then disappears just when you need it most: as you approach the chaotic approach to the Queensboro Bridge.  (And then again at the Midtown Tunnel.)  This would put at least part of that right.

Speaking of staying cool, have you considered incorporating a boating leg to your commute?  Here's one commuter who has made the Hudson your bike lane:

While you're dodging salmon, he's dodging whatever kind of fish this is:

Fish

I don't know from ichthyology

Other perks of the collapsible dinghy commute are that you can manspread all you want:

Manspreading

Gaze at the horizon instead of Gregg T. while you sip your coffee:

Coffee

And cool your feet in water that's probably only marginally cleaner than whatever that puddle on the subway floor is:

Foot Cooling

And you thought wearing sandals was nasty.

Of course when commuting by boat and Brompton it helps to have bike parking at work, and as a Google employee he has some of the best bike parking in the city:

Google

I've seen the bike room at Google and I haven't been the same since:

Full of Stars

Anyway, while I'm not quite ready to duplicate this, it's certainly inspirational.

All he's missing is a wingsuit.