Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

June 12th, 2018: Simon Says...


Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 74. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 62. South wind 5 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 5:24am

Sunset: 8:28pm

Looks like the hardest thing about riding to work today will be forcing yourself to stop at your workplace.

Of course splendid weather means splendiferous ticketing, and recent hotspots include 2nd Avenue and Houston Street in Manhattan and DeKalb and Classon Avenues in Brooklyn.

Moving on, our cycling siblings in Philadelphia have gotten their first-ever bicycle traffic light:


The future is officially here, two of the Philadelphia’s busiest intersections are now equipped with city’s first-ever bicycle traffic lights.

The signals were installed at 16th and Market streets and 20th Street and JFK Boulevard earlier this week. The new signals create a window of time for bikes to cross the intersection with pedestrians in addition to the traffic patterns they previously followed.

Of course we've had them for some time.  Nevertheless, some people find them no less baffling.  For example, check out these adorable cars that think they're bicycles!

Here's the story from the Brooklyn Paper:

“When the light turns green for bikes to go, the cars see green and they start,” said Jane Brody, who lives near the signal at the intersection of Third Street and Prospect Park West. “That can make it hazardous for both bikes and pedestrians.”

The traffic signal features green, yellow, and red lights for cyclists in the form of a silhouetted bike — infrastructure known as a “bicycle-signal head” — hanging next to three lights in the form of one red and two yellow arrows for cars turning right from Third Street onto the one-way Prospect Park West.

In the drivers' defense, that is pretty confusing.  Why not just put a regular red/yellow/green signal up there for the drivers and then a separate red/yellow/green signal at eye level for the cyclists and time accordingly?

Done and done.

As it is you might as well have one of these things up there:


Finally, local news is really running with the Ben's Best story:

Ben's Best

"For 73 years, Ben's Best deli here in Rego Park along Queens Boulevard has been a staple here in the community, serving its famous pastrami sandwiches and attracting people from all over the world..."

All over the world?  Did they drive there?  And now that news of the bike lane has traveled overseas are they no longer coming?

Parker says yes:


"When you take away the ability for my customers to get here, you finish me off..."

Yes, if only there were some way to get there:

Bike Lane

Parker also shows us his math skills:

"You've taken away 200 parking spaces a day. For an hour a day, that's 2,000 cars," Parker said. "Let's call it 3,000 less shoppers in Rego Park. For what?"

I don't know if that's accurate, but let's just round it up to a million and be done with it.

Though we do get to hear from one of those bike-riding millennials:


"Most people here don't have to drive anywhere to get places.  You have the subway right here, it's easy to bike here, it's easy to walk here..."

I'm reasonably sure this was where Parker came across the street, placed a slice of rye bread over the millennial's mouth, and put him in a sleeper hold, but the piece cuts to this before we get to see it:


Pay for parking?  Walk across the street?!?

What is this, the Soviet Union?