Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 7th, 2018: The Sun Is Back

Now that's more like it:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 9 to 13 mph.

Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. West wind 8 to 10 mph.

Sunrise: 6:33am

Sunset: 4:46pm

Will you be in or around DUMBO at lunchtime today?  If so you can head over to Recycle-A-Bicycle where you can register your bike and learn how to lock it properly:

Getting your bike stolen is one of those things that seems like it's never going to happen to you until it does.

The results are in, and here's the winner for the most time-consuming reminder to vote:

Impressive.  Here's the Strava link.

People would would put a lot more thought into their social media messages if they had to write them all via bicycle and GPS.  Perhaps Twitter should make that a requirement.

While not strictly bike-related, it looks like Amazon is coming to Long Island City:

Amazon executives met two weeks ago with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the governor’s Manhattan office, said one of the people briefed on the process, adding that the state had offered potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies. Executives met separately with Mayor Bill de Blasio, a person briefed on that discussion said. Long Island City is a short subway ride across the East River from Midtown Manhattan.

Amazon have made it clear that bike lanes are among their requirements, and Long Island City is certainly one of the most readily bike-accessible neighborhoods in the city in that it is very easy to reach from Brooklyn, Manhattan, and other parts of Queens--chronic Vernon Boulevard blockages notwithstanding:

Brace yourself for a future New York City in which the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront is thrumming with techies on scooters--which we'll need plenty of to help offset all those sweet tax abatements:


Other cities are already cashing in:

In Austin, officials are charging companies $100 a bike or scooter during its experimental phase, and could raise tens of thousands annually. Mobility startups operating in Santa Monica, California, have shelled out a $20,000 each for the right to operate, plus $130 per each device on the street, plus $1 per device per day for the privilege of parking on the public sidewalk. (That last charge is modeled off the way the city charges restaurants for outdoor dining.) Participants’ in Los Angeles’ soon-to-launch scooter and bike program will have a similar setup. Portland, Oregon, meanwhile, is charging the companies operating there a 25-cent per trip fee.

Theoretically this could help our infrastructure--just don't let Cuomo get his hands on it:

Plenty of other cities are using bike and scooter fees to fund bike scooter infrastructure—and to target specific neighborhoods that need help. Lawmakers in Indianapolis just voted to dedicate some of its scooter fees to improving street design. Portland, Oregon’s doing it too. And LA will lower its per-bike or -scooter fee by $91 for those deployed in areas disproportionately affected by pollution.

Finally, Washington, DC is telling mail carriers not to block bike lanes, citing a death in New York City:

“Although the District government is routinely alerted to such practices by [carriers] from our residents via social media and based on our conversations with bicyclists and parking enforcement officers,” Marootian and Shorter said, “it seems this problem has reached an alarming and widespread scale.” Citing the August death of a cyclist in New York who was fatally struck by a garbage truck driver after a cab driver had entered a bike lane—forcing the cyclist to swerve into traffic—the directors said that obstructing bike lanes could turn deadly.

Meanwhile, what are we doing?  Oh, right:

At least other cities are learning from our mistakes.