Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 8th, 2018: Thunderstorms, Tickets, and T-Intersections

Be ready for anything today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 98. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunrise: 5:59am

Sunset: 8:03pm

And if you decide to hedge your bets by going with Citi Bike, look out for this exciting new basket configuration!

In Queens, word has it that the DOT has begun work on the Skillman Avenue bike lane, which would explain the uptick in angry tweeting:

Whoa, they're breaking out the serious hashtags.

And in the Bronx, Mosholu Parkway will get some bike enhancements:

Which sounds exciting until you read the fine print:


That's like getting tube socks for your birthday.

I'd gladly trade those sharrows/tube socks for getting the 52nd Precinct to stop parking on the greenway over by the Botanical Gardens:


Speaking of the NYPD, St. Nicholas Avenue has been a perpetual ticket trap since at least April, making it one of the city's major bike ticket hotspots:

Anyone who frequents this stretch of St. Nick knows that the bike lane is perpetually blocked in both directions.  Wondering how many tickets the 32nd Precinct has written from blocking the bike lane so far in 2018?  Well if you guessed "zero" then you're correct:



I'd love to know how many of those "disobey traffic control device" tickets were given to cyclists.

Moving on, Tom Vanderbilt profiles Citi Bike's most prolific Bike Angel, Joe Miller, for Outside:

Citi Bike Angel

Almost since the Bike Angels program started, last September, Miller has owned the number-one spot on its leaderboard. This isn’t because he will casually go a bit out of his way every day to commit a random act of kindness. It’s because he spends a good portion of his waking hours—and some non-waking ones—physically moving bikes or thinking about moving bikes. On Citi Bike’s app, stations that need rebalancing are highlighted on a map, along with the number of points Angels can earn by moving a bike to or from those locations. Most tasks net Angels between one and five points, depending on the level of need. As of April, Miller had more than 22,000 lifetime points, and he was routinely racking up more than 3,000 per month.

Seems like he'd make short work of tidying up those Lime bikes in Rockaway the Post wants us to think everyone's so excited about.

And finally, beyond New York, Texas Monthly declares dockless bike sharing dead in Dallas:


But it's not like they're gloating about it or anything:

It was a fitting end for the brightly painted bikes, the scrapyard dumpster overflowing with their twisted metal carcasses. They left this world as they lived in it—uncared for, mostly abused, and entirely unloved. Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings had one word to describe the wasteful image from the recycling center: “terrible.” But the bikes are in a better place now, hopefully, their aluminum ashes soon to be scattered across some distant dump. Dallas’s streets were never their true home.

They're also throwing our dockless bike pilot under the bus, even though it only launched like two weeks ago:

In March, the Wall Street Journal wrote that Dallas was “ground zero for a nascent national bike-share war,” as bike-share companies stormed cities across the country in the past year or so, hoping to capitalize on a booming new business while simultaneously flooding the market beyond sustainability. Companies operating in Washington, D.C. have lost half their fleet due to theft. One dockless company recently pulled out of France, citing the “mass destruction” of its bikes. In China, oversupply led to absurd, mountain-like heaps of discarded bikes. Just a few weeks into its dockless pilot program, New Yorkers are already complaining about dockless bikes requiring maintenance and clogging city sidewalks. Some cities have responded by implementing regulations, like capping the number of bikes that companies can have in the streets, or clearly demarcating curb space designated for dockless bikes.

But a new threat looms:

While Dallas’s long dockless bike-share nightmare may be over, a new mode of shared transportation may soon take its place—the scooter. According to the Dallas Morning News, the same council vote that effectively curtailed the bike-share explosion also opened the way for motorized scooter companies, which had previously been prohibited in Dallas. The scooters will have to abide by the same regulations that were implemented for the dockless bike-share companies, though, so it remains to be seen if Dallas will experience a similar scooter problem as it did with the overflow of bikes.

I'm sure they're quaking in their cowboy boots.