Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 9th, 2018: Beware of Flying Caps

Hot, humid, could possibly thunderstorm, you know the drill:


Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 73. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:00am

Sunset: 8:02pm

The big news of course is that the City Council passed the so-called "Uber Cap:"

Uber Cap

That's an evocative headline:


Some say it's about time, others say it's a poor substitute for congestion pricing.  Either way, will it change your experience behind the handlebars in any meaningful way? 

I guess we'll see.

In the meantime, here are the 12 most dangerous places in the city for cyclists and pedestrians:

Most Dangerous

Incidentally the most dangerous place in the Bronx is entirely within the new dockless bike share pilot zone:


Fordham/University Heights: general boundaries between Aqueduct Avenue and Ryer Avenue, from West Fordham Road and West Tremont Avenue

Also, as you might have guessed, bridge approaches and elevated tracks are particularly dangerous:

The analysis found that throughout the city, crashes are more likely to occur around elevated tracks or bridges, and their approaches, in areas where sight lines might be blocked. Analyzing data from January 2013 to January 2018, Localize.city isolated a dozen areas with an average of 238 crashes, compared to an average of 75 in the rest of the city.

“Around major bridges in New York City, you have heavy vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic all cramming into a narrow corridor, increasing the risk of crashes. This is exacerbated in places like Williamsburg and the Lower East Side, where many vehicles find their way to the bridge through busy residential neighborhoods,” Localize.city urban planner Andrew Lassiter said in the report. “And in neighborhoods with elevated subway or LIRR tracks, the streets below the tracks can be pretty chaotic. Visibility is tough with so many support posts, and the layout of the street can make drivers’ actions unpredictable.”

Private cars should be completely banned from beneath elevated tracks.

Still, things are looking up, at least according to the CBC, and who are we to doubt the Canadians?  Yesterday I mentioned their New York City Vision Zero coverage, and here's the TV version:

Complete with reckless maniac in the new Van Cortlandt Park bike lane:


Finally, anyone who's anyone is crying on a Citi Bike:


Guess he was really bummed he didn't get one with a new basket.