Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 11th, 2018: Time To Fender Up

Warmer today, but not necessarily drier:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 2pm and 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. East wind around 7 mph becoming south in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunrise: 6:33am

Sunset: 7:12pm

We're also experiencing "unusually high tides:"

Something to keep in mind if your commute involves a boat:

Foot Cooling

Either way, its officially time to get your bike into fall/winter mode by installing fenders:

Fenders

Out on the streets, drivers continue to come up with inventive excuses for parking in bike lanes:

When interacting with suburban rubes who have never seen a bike lane, it can also be lucrative to challenge them to a game of three card monte--or else simply offer to valet park the car for them.

The new 9th Street bike lane in Park Slope is also proving to be a respite for drivers:

Hey, you can't save lives on an empty stomach, so scarfing an egg and cheese on a roll is ipso facto a life-saving act.

Of course it's also risking your life, but ultimately it all cancels out.

I think that's why they call it Vision Zero.

And just keep in mind before you confront a motorist that sometimes they're harmless suburban saps, but other times they're raving lunatics:

I have a feeling I know what placard he was using.

Of course one of the greatest ironies of cycling in New York City is that one of the most pleasant places to ride is also one of  the least accessible:

Central Park

A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation (DOT), emphasized the importance of safe street infrastructure around the park: “Safe bike infrastructure provides improved access to Central Park and other destinations in the area for both residents of and visitors to New York City, and can be especially important for encouraging less experienced cyclists to get around the city by bike.” Department proposals point to increased ridership and decreased pedestrian and motorist injuries on streets with protected bike lanes.

Yet the slow pace of street safety improvements has continued in a patchwork fashion. Infrastructure is frequently implemented several blocks at a time with years between projects, resulting in “disappearing” bike lanes on almost every avenue. Furthermore, the DOT confirmed that community board presentations for crosstown lanes servicing Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown on W. 55th and 52nd Sts., originally slated for this summer, have been delayed until fall.

And it affects locals and tourists alike:

A father-daughter duo from Spain, David and Alba, braved the traffic on Sixth Ave. with only “a little bit of fear of the cars and trucks.” Trailing David and Alba as they rode on Sixth yielded several situations where the riders were overtaken by impatient drivers, honked at, or forced to stop and wait for a red light to go around turning vehicles.

Zoe and her family, from Belgium, opted to walk their bicycles on Seventh Ave. rather than ride in traffic. “We don’t want to ride them on the street. It’s a bit crazy. There’s no path for bicycles on the road,” she said.

Finally, speaking of tourists, if you can't avoid tourists on the Brooklyn Bridge then then it might be you who's the clueless turd:

Brooklyn Bridge

Asked the tourists for money?  Yeah, right.  The tourists should have demanded money from you.