Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

March 12th, 2018: March Tonight

Today should be a good day to ride but the rain and snow comes in later tonight:

Monday Weather

Monday Increasing clouds, with a high near 44. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. East wind around 9 mph.

Monday Night Rain and snow likely before 10pm, then snow. Low around 33. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. Breezy, with a north wind 11 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Sunrise: 7:13am

Sunset: 7:00pm

And tomorrow looks like a mess:

Tuesday Weather

Don't forget your lights this morning since we've lost an hour:

Lights

And note that starting tonight the Ninth Street Bridge in Brooklyn will be closed on weeknights until the 30th:

Speaking of 9th Street, of course tonight is the big march:

And Paul steely White's piece in the Daily News explains the urgency:

To prevent future loss of life and insulate the city against this new liability, de Blasio must give his DOT a strong mandate to move forward quickly with safety upgrades, without months, or more often years, of community micro-process. He can start by instructing his DOT to bundle urgent safety upgrades with routine street resurfacing projects, as the City Council is now demanding.

Indeed, after one such "community micro-process" (and boy was it a painful one), the Riverdale Press reports that the DOT will finally begin work on protected bike lanes and other improvements on Broadway in the Bronx along Van Cortlandt Park:

Though from the way some people react you'd think they were removing the street altogether and replacing it with a wall:

DOT officials said using that portion of Broadway is dangerous because of how fast cars go through that part of North Riverdale, and how long the crosswalks are between the homes and businesses on the west side of Broadway, and Van Cortlandt Park on the east.

One resident, Tara McMaster, agreed something needs to be done with Broadway — but the plan to install bicycle lanes and narrow lanes is not exactly what she had in mind.

"The new 'improvements' on Broadway are going to make traffic a nightmore, and shoppers will simply take their business elsewhere," McMaster wrote in an opinion piece published in The Riverdale Press last June. "Emergency responders, firefighters and EMS are going to have delayed response times."

Yes, 12 people have been killed on this stretch of road since 2010 and you can't visit the city's third-largest park without taking your life in your hands without crossing the street to get to it, but we wouldn't want any changes that are not "exactly what she had in mind."

Finally, speaking of things that are bad for business:

Hackensack Starbucks

"He accidentally put his car in drive instead of reverse and it went over the park stop," Capt. Francesco Aquila, the officer in charge of the department, told Daily Voice. "Then he panicked and hit the gas."

To put things in perspective, this driver was born when Woodrow Wilson was president, and he's still on the road (when he's not in the Starbucks):

Woodrow Wilson

Also, New Jersey had only been giving road test to drivers for two years at that point, and the motor vehicle commissioner was pressing New York to step up its game when it came to regulating drivers since we only required chauffeurs to have licenses:

Licensing

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We haven't come very far now, have we?