Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 12th, 2018: Two Steps Back

Warm but cloudy today:

Thursday Forecast

Thursday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph.

Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 13 to 15 mph.

Sunrise: 6:22am

Sunset: 7:32pm

And reports of bike lane blockages are bursting forth like cherry blossoms:

Not to mention plain old harassment:

Here was the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian and bike path when we flew the Bike Forecast chopper over it yesterday afternoon:

Brooklyn Bridge

As the weather warms up I'm keeping the Tourist Advisory in effect:

Tourist Advisory

And I'm also issuing a Citywide Ticket Alert:

Ticket Alert

Yesterday I mentioned ticketing on St. Nicholas Avenue, and sure enough I did see NYPD officers parked in the bike lane that very morning.  (Though they were deeply engrossed in their smartphones they're bound to look up eventually.)

If you're commuting from Brooklyn, this morning you can join the BikeTrain:

Bike Train

ALL ABOARD THE #BIKETRAIN: A fun group commute-to-work hosted by Transportation Alternatives. All levels of experience welcome!

***WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE: This ride will feature North Brooklyn Council Members Antonio Reynoso, representatives from the office Council Member Stephen Levin, as well as a pit-stop when we’ll greet Manhattan Council Member Keith Powers.

The L Train Shuts down in just ONE year. Ever thought about riding your bike to work instead? Help us kick off a year of weekly #BikeTrain s with this Rally and Ride: 

8AM Gather outside the West, at 379 Union Avenue (at Hope Street, one block north of Grand St. Look for the big CitiBike station)
8:15AM Rally
8:45AM Wheels Down
9AM
9:15AM Manhattan riders gather on Delancey and Clinton Streets (at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge)
10AM (optional) #BikeTrain ends across town on West 13th Street

DRESS CODE: Wear grey to show your L Train love.

Hopefully the ride will stop every so often for no apparent reason and the leader will announce that there's bike train traffic ahead of you but you'll be moving shortly.

Meanwhile, uptown, a backlash threatens the Dyckman Street protected bike lane:

Dyckman Street

The project imposed order on what used to be a free-for-all. Whereas people on bikes once had to slalom through double-parked cars and trucks, they’re now separated from motor vehicles where traffic is heaviest. Painted lanes to the west of Broadway, where traffic is not as intense, and a bi-directional bikeway east of Nagle link Dyckman to greenways on the Hudson and Harlem rivers. The project also includes sidewalk extension treatments that shorten pedestrian crossing distances and slow motorist turns.

But Espaillat and Brewer want Dyckman back the way it was. According to the Manhattan Times, in a February letter to Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, they called the new design “untenable.” Citing complaints from businesses, Espaillat and Brewer recommended DOT erase the bike lanes on Dyckman and install new ones on 204th Street, two blocks north.

“Moving the bike lanes from Dyckman Street to 204th Street will dramatically reduce traffic congestion on one of the most utilized two-way streets in New York City, leading to a reduction of traffic accidents and improved public transportation service,” they wrote.

Not only does this bike lane link the Hudson and Harlem River Greenways, but it also connects with Manhattan's only legal mountain bike trail, as indicated by the '90s MTB Bro icon:

Dyckman Map

Opposition cites complaints from businesses, as well as "traffic emerging from two highways:"

Balancing Act

Martínez noted that traffic emerging from two highways — the Henry Hudson Parkway to the west and the Harlem River Drive to the east — is funneled onto Dyckman Street, creating a traffic bottleneck.

“It’s very hard to get across,” stated Martínez. “And then you see nothing going on in the bike lanes. You don’t really see any bikes, so it’s like a waste of space.”

Of course what's really causing the bottleneck is people avoiding the toll on the Henry Hudson Bridge, and if you don't see bikes it may be because they don't get stuck in traffic. 

Finally, Cazzie David (daughter of Larry) mentions Citi Bike in her anti-homage to New York:

Cazzie David

"The second you leave your apartment, anything can happen! Nowhere else is like that," a friend and New York lover said to me. Leaving my home and knowing anything can happen is not appealing. It's actually terrifying. Why would I want the possibility of anything happening? I want nothing to happen. Not to mention, the things that happen when you walk outside in New York aren't good things. They're not things like running into an organic farmers market and then stumbling into a live Shawn Mendes concert in the park. They're events like, "I left my apartment, stepped in dog shit, got mugged and hit by a Citi Bike. Anything can happen!"

I don't know, either scenario sounds equally likely to me, and arguably on a Citi Bike you increase the odds of something fun happening to you.

Unless you hit somebody, of course...