Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

July 12th, 2018: Come On In, Water's Fine!

The sunny and clear weather continues:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 68. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunrise: 5:35am

Sunset: 8:28pm

As does the Vision Zero outreach:

Funny, I've never seen a giant illuminated sign warning cyclists of enforcement ahead.

Usually it's more like this:

Speaking of enforcement, you may have heard already that you can join the gig economy by reporting idling trucks:

Idling Trucks

The city is paying cash bounties to tipsters who turn in commercial drivers for leaving their engines on while parked by a curb for more than three minutes — or a mere minute in a school zone.

The rewards amount to 25 percent of the fines imposed, which range from $350 to a maximum $2,000 for a repeat offense.

And time-stamped photos or videos are all the evidence that’s needed to file a complaint with the city Department of Environmental Protection.

It's clearly having an impact too, because drivers are instead moving their trucks to the nearest bike lane, shutting them off, and taking naps:

Of course the big enforcement news is that Marty Golden is calling for the state legislature to shake the sand out of its shoes and pass this speed camera thing:

Golden's announcement follows the shocking revelation that the vast majority of New Yorkers like laws that help keep them from dying:

Eighty-eight percent of New Yorkers surveyed support speed safety camera enforcement, including 77 percent who support expanding the speed safety camera program to more schools, and 11 percent who support maintaining the existing 140-camera program. Just 9 percent think the program should be eliminated. Voters across demographic and party subgroups – including 85 percent of seniors and 53 percent of Republicans – want to see the speed camera program expanded to more schools

Hey, all it it took was for parents who have lost children to hold a 24-hour vigil and then get arrested.

Moving on, when it's hot like today have you ever thought to yourself,  "Maybe I should just get off my bike and jump in the Hudson"?  No?  Well this person has:

Ira Gershenhorn was in a full sweat by the time he bicycled up to his swimming spot on a recent sultry afternoon.

He stripped down to his bathing suit, put on a yellow bathing cap and slid into the Hudson River, off Manhattan’s rocky western shoreline, around 104th Street.

“Ah, feels great,” said Mr. Gershenhorn, 66, as if he had just dived into a pristine swimming hole and not a sometimes unsanitary stretch of the Hudson plied by tugs, tankers and barges.

Apparently the water is clean...ish.  Sort of:

As a volunteer with the New York City Water Trail Association, a paddling group that runs weekly water quality testing of city waterways, Mr. Gershenhorn takes water samples along the Hudson and rides them to a testing site by bicycle.

This lets him monitor the water quality around his bathing spots. He avoids swimming after heavy rains, he said, but largely, water cleanliness is not a concern.

“I come home after swimming and I have to remember to take a shower because I don’t feel dirty,” said Mr. Gershenhorn, who has no problem opening his mouth or his eyes underwater.

So there you go.

Finally, here's the smart jacket we'll all be riding in if the Ford Motor Company has its way:

Here it is in action:

Features include forearm dialing:

Forearm Phone

Indicator cufflinks:

Turn Signals

And buttock-mounted brake lights:


The jacket will also use haptics to steer you away from cars and onto quiet, out-of-the-way routes so you never get to where you're going and eventually go insane:

Riverfront Path

Best of all, it makes cycling "a bit more relaxed:"


Assuming this is your idea of relaxing:


Though I'd rather watch "Black Mirror" than live it.