Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

February 13th, 2018: Taking The Lane...From You

Today the bike lanes and greenways are free from ice and snow and the temperature will be above freezing:

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Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. North wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Sunrise: 6:53am

Sunset: 5:29pm

That's pretty good for February, so enjoy it.  And if you're the type who likes to sneak ahead in the book you're reading, check out tomorrow:

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Speaking of tomorrow, it's your final chance to be heard at a public hearing on the L Train Shutdown traffic mitigation plans:

Start the evening off with a drink:

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Our #PeopleWay coalition partners at OutCycling will host a #bikeNYC Valentine's Day Happy Hour at the GYM Sportsbar (167 8th Avenue) between 5-6PM. Mingle with fellow cyclists before heading over to the venue together! See you there, Graham Weinstein!

And then once you're feeling nice and loose you can head over and pepper NYC Transit with questions:

EVENT DETAILS
On Valentine's Day 2018*** join NYC Transit city planners (and Transportation Alternatives advocates!) at their final public hearing on their #LTrainShutdown traffic mitigation plans, and ask questions about how their proposed Busways and Bikeways on 14th/13th Streets in Manhattan can be a success.

Talk about a Valentine's Day dream date!  I mean who wouldn't want to get a text like this at work?

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And if you capture that look of delight in pixels you can even win a pair of Citi Bike annual memberships:

So there you go.

In other news of moving people, while bike lanes get a lot of press, the city has also added a number of dedicated bus lanes...

...which, like the bike lanes, are also chronically blocked by the NYPD:

See?

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As infuriating as obstructed bike lanes are at least you can usually just ride around the blockage.  Meanwhile, buses carry 2 million people a day and many of them can't move because drivers won't get out of their way:

The system's outdated routes, aging fleet and inability to navigate heavy traffic makes it unreliable for the 2 million people who use it every day, many of them working-class New Yorkers who have limited access to public transit, advocates and officials say. The typical bus spends 43 percent of its time stuck at red lights or at bus stops, according to a report City Comptroller Scott Stringer published last year.

Ah, if only there were some way to move lots of people swiftly and efficiently without all this lane blockage...

(Via BikePortland)

Of course this can't happen here.  After all, they've always ridden bikes over there, but the USA is car country, right?

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Wrong!  [Cue record scratch sound]

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And hey, look at all those unobstructed buses:

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Amazing.

Finally, on Saturday, March 10th there will be a rally to support bike messengers:

Not only are they much maligned and grossly undercompensated, but they've also been singlehandedly determining the course of urban fashion for at least the past 20 years.

They should get benefits and residuals checks.