Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 4th, 2018: So Sue Me


(Central Park West)

Warm, wet and windy today

Warm, wet and windy

Wednesday Showers before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Areas of fog before 9am. High near 62. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Sunrise: 6:35am

Sunset: 7:24pm

Feeling lucky?  Maybe the rain will hold off for the morning and evening commutes and the worst of it will come down while you're working.  And at least it will wash away the last of the snow, which was lingering in spots as late as yesterday morning:


(Hudson River Greenway, just north of the GWB)

I wonder if any of us will live to see this section repaired.

Regardless, the city is issuing a wind advisory:

And so am I:

Speaking of blasts of hot air, yesterday the mayor announced the the city will "clarify" the law with regard to ebikes:

NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that DOT will begin the rule-making process to clarify that pedal-assist bicycles are legal to operate in New York City. The new rule will recognize that pedal-assist bicycles are permissible, whereas throttle e-bikes, capable of travel at speeds over 20 MPH, cannot be legally operated on City streets under State law.

“As cycling continues to grow in popularity for commuting, deliveries and tourism, we are seeing the demand for pedal-assist bicycles that can help cyclists travel longer distances and more easily climb steep hills,” said Mayor de Blasio. “With new and clear guidelines, cyclists, delivery workers and businesses alike will now understand exactly what devices are allowed.”

As far as I understand it this was always the case, and it seems like they could have clarified all this months ago instead of holding a press conference declaring war on anything with two wheels and a battery.  But I suppose the advantage of doing it now is that it gives the appearance of rolling back the widely ridiculed ebike crackdown without actually changing anything.

In other legal news, a coalition of Greenwich Village NIMBYs is suing basically everybody over the L train shutdown plan, which includes a two-way bike lane on 13th Street:


On Tuesday morning, a coalition of more than two dozen Greenwich Village and Chelsea block associations, as well as two disability rights groups, announced the filing of an anticipated lawsuit to stop the repair of the L train tunnel under the East River. The lawsuit, filed by attorney Arthur Schwartz, alleges that the government failed to conduct an environmental impact statement, and that the plan doesn’t comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Villager reports.

You may remember Arthur Schwartz as the guy who couldn't possibly be against bikes because wife has a Yuba:

For the record, he noted that he is not anti-bike, and that his wife even has a cargo bicycle.

“My wife bikes everywhere,” he said. “We have a Yuba parked in front of our house. She is furious at the plan.”

That's a cunning adaptation of the classic "Some of my best friends are..." deflection.

Finally, via Streetsblog, the Fourth Avenue bike lane in Brooklyn will have a gap in it because of the NYPD's trademark crazy parking:

Fourth Avenue

Southern Brooklyn cyclists are irate that the Department of Transportation will sacrifice part of its planned Fourth Avenue bike lane to accommodate parking by police outside the 72nd Precinct station house in Sunset Park. The one-block omission — on the Bay Ridge–bound side of the road between 29th and 30th streets — will force bikers to merge into car traffic, putting them at greater risk, according to the Ridgite who first confronted the city about the matter.

You know how it is: walking or riding anywhere near a station house is like picking your way through the parking lot of a Key Food.

Too bad we're enshrining it in the design of our bicycle infrastructure.