Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 10th, 2018: Everybody Who's Anybody Is Blocking the Bike Lane

Ooh, cold and rainy today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Rain and snow likely, becoming all rain after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. North wind around 7 mph.

Sunrise: 6:25am

Sunset: 7:30pm

But the forecast for the rest of the week should help you through:

Rest of Week

I'll believe it when I see it.

Here's the latest on the proposed protected bike lanes in Sunnyside:

In the meantime, here's another reminder to check the milling and paving schedule, and here's what's getting torn up in Manhattan today:

Milling

As the weather improves over the course of the week you can also count on ticket stings, and yesterday the NYPD was at it on 9th Avenue:

Or, if you prefer:

Bear Catching Salmon

And of course spring is also bike lane-loitering season.

Actually, every season is bike lane-loitering season, but you do feel it more acutely when the weather changes.  Here's someone who's just getting a coffee:

I'd love to know how he'd react if, before exiting his cab, his passenger put up a finger and said, "Wait, I'm just going to finish my coffee first."

I'll have to try that if I ever wind up in that guy's taxi.

Then there's always the errant porta-potty:

Probably got kicked out of the Container Store for trying to mingle with the Nordic Storage Baskets.

But for sheer bike lane blockage per mile nobody beats the NYPD.  Between maneuvers like the Perpendicular Cushman:

And the classic Lunch Break:

Our bike lane network is their break room.

In other news, Uber has acquired the JUMP ebike share system, and they've got a permit pending to operate in New York:

Uber Jump Bikes

JUMP also operates its e-bike network in Washington D.C., and plans to launch in Sacramento and Providence, Rhode Island later this year. Through its software and hardware offerings, it operates via third-parties, like cities, campuses and corporations, in 40 markets including Portland, New Orleans and Atlanta. JUMP is also interested in deploying its bikes in Europe, where it hopes to be by spring of 2019. JUMP has also applied for a permit to operate in New York, which recently legalized electric, pedal-assist bikes.

As long as the bikes aren't self-driving I'm fine with it.

And finally, my favorite publication--that's Claims Journal of course--has advice on how to reconstruct a bicycle "accident":

claims

Mostly, it seems to be focussed on establishing the crash was due to rider incompetence:

Skilled

Funny how nobody seems to ask how skilled drivers are after they crash.  I guess they figure passing a licensing exam once when you're a teenager qualifies as expertise.