Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 11th, 2018: Milling and Ticketing

Now we're talking:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

Sunrise: 6:23am

Sunset: 7:31pm

Of course pleasant weather means lots of sightseers, so I'm issuing a Tourist Advisory for the Brooklyn Bridge:

Tourist Advisory

Crowds still appeared manageable when we flew the Bike Forecast Chopper over it yesterday afternoon but expect lots more foot traffic today:

Brooklyn Bridge

You can also expect bike lane blockage at the approach on the Brooklyn side:

Actually they can, they just don't want to.

A tipster also reports that the NYPD has been ticketing cyclists in Harlem on St. Nicholas Avenue between 130th and 135th Streets:

Ticketing Alert

T-intersections are the NYPD's favorite places to ticket cyclists so this is hardly surprising.  

You can be sure the bike lane a few blocks up by 145th will be full of NYPD vehicles as usual:


Once again, here's another reminder that it's milling and paving time, and this is what's getting torn up and when in Manhattan:


Check the schedule for other boroughs.

And your Crazy Car-Centric Claim Of The Day is that Select Bus Service is "anti-women:"

Though it's not quite as anti-women as reducing them all to soccer moms, which is what he seems to be doing:

Soccer Mom

Moving across the Hudson, Jersey City is adopting Vision Zero:

“I think as the city is becoming more densely populated, people have concerns as well about making sure our roads service not only cars, but also, mass transit, bikes and pedestrians, and making sure they serve everybody.”

The city’s plan includes installing more speed humps and curb extensions to slow traffic, according to the mayor’s office. Traffic enforcement and the number of crossing guards will be increased, especially on roads that are technically under the county’s jurisdiction, like Kennedy Boulevard. Ms. Gonzalez said she did not see any crossing guards along that road on the morning her son was killed.

The city will also hire consultants to redesign its most dangerous streets and develop citywide master plans for pedestrians and bikes. Jersey City, like New York, has Citi Bike, the popular bicycle-sharing program.

This is great news, but if they want to do it the New York way they're going to need a lot more placarded motor vehicles in the bike lanes.

And in Dockless Bike Share Nightmare news, you've heard about the gigantic piles, but have you heard about the unnecessary $17,000 search and rescue missions?


“When a passenger leaves their bicycle on a ferry, it’s the duty of Coast Guard and ferry personnel to treat it as a potential distress situation until the bicyclist can be confirmed safe,” according to a statement from the Coast Guard 13th District in Seattle. “This wastes tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars and could impact the response to an actual distress situation.”

The problem has worsened with the advent of public ride-share bicycles, promoted as a convenient solution for commuters to avoid crowded highways and mass transit.

I'm not sure what the protocol is on the Staten Island Ferry when someone leaves a bike on board, but I'm assuming it involves pitching it into the harbor.

By the way, I've ridden one of those ferries in Washington and I highly recommend it:


And yes, I left with my bike.

Ferry issues aside, the evolution of bike share has been fascinating to watch, and now VanMoof is adding another dimension to it with a subscription-based service that's somewhere between a membership and a lease:

VanMoof’s Peace of Mind theft protection means that if your VanMoof bike is ever stolen, you can pay the company $98 to recover it within two weeks (while VanMoof provides you a loaner), or it’ll replace it for free. That’s a big deal since VanMoof Plus is launching in cities where bike theft is a daily reality. The company also covers all maintenance costs for parts and labor during the subscription period — be it a flat tire, chain break, or some sort of electrical malfunction — just so long as you can bring your bike into one of VanMoof’s stores. If it’s a quick fix, it’ll do it immediately, otherwise, it’ll provide a free loaner bike during longer procedures. It’ll even replace the batteries for free (which typically last for about 1,000 charges, or four to five years) in support of the company’s environmental goal of keeping every VanMoof bike on the road (and out of the trash heaps) for as long as possible.

And yes, it will be available in New York.

Or of course you could just lease a Mercedes-AMG, and you've probably seen this commercial by now:

"When you drop a 603hp V8 bi-turbo engine into one of Mercedes Benz's finest luxury sedans, what do you get?"

Actually the correct answer is "A gigantic douchebag behind the wheel:"


But you can't expect truth in advertising.