Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

March 13th, 2018: Ride Yourself Young

Snowy and windy today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Snow likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 41. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Northwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. West wind 14 to 16 mph.

Sunrise: 7:11am

Sunset: 7:01pm

And the city is issuing a Travel Advisory:

Of course cautious drivers are hard to come by in any weather, which is why people came out yesterday to march for safer streets:

And it looks like NYPD found plenty of parking in the bike lane:

As did the media:

I suppose the most charitable explanation would be that they assumed anyone who would use the bike lane was busy marching, though most likely they just didn't care.

Nevertheless, take solace in the fact that cycling keeps your immune system young:

Cycling and Immunity

(Via BikePortland)

Scientists carried out tests on 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 and compared them with healthy adults from a wide age group who did not exercise regularly.

The findings, outlined in two papers in the journal Aging Cell, showed that the cyclists preserved muscle mass and strength with age while maintaining stable levels of body fat and cholesterol. In men, testosterone levels remained high.

More surprisingly, the anti-ageing effects of cycling appeared to extend to the immune system.

Plus, it makes you happy:

Experts also believe cycling boosts riders’ mental health, with multiple studies finding that those who commute by bicycle are happier and less prone to depression than those who use any other form of transport.

Keep reminding yourself of that every time you've got to ride around a driver in the bike lane--or, if you're the vindictive sort, revel in the fact that they're slowly destroying themselves:


Findings suggested that longer driving time was associated with higher odds for smoking, insufficient physical activity, short sleep, obesity, and worse physical and mental health. The associations consistently showed a dose-response pattern and more than 120 minutes of driving per day had the strongest and most consistent associations with the majority of outcomes.

Yes, you don't even have to crash your car to reap the ill effects:

More recently, the research focus has shifted to the impact of driving as a health-related behavior. Several studies have shown that lengthy car commuting perpetuates conditions that compromise individuals' health, which includes stress caused by traffic congestion, searching for parking, interacting with other drivers and safety concerns; phenomena characterized as “travel impedance” [3], [4]. Additionally, prolonged commuting replaces time devoted to other behaviors which may affect health, resulting in insufficient sleep [5], [6], reduced time spent with family members or friends [2], [4], insufficient leisure time physical activity or time for preparation of food [3], [7]. Last, transport-related sitting is one domain of sedentary behavior, which has been linked to increased chronic disease risks [8]. An American cross-sectional study found that each hour in the car was associated with a 6% increase in the odds of obesity [9].

I guess they must park in the bike lane because they also want cyclists to experience "travel impedance."

In other news, here's something you may have wondered but were afraid to ask:

Hasidic Drivers

Though Amber Tamblyn asked it after a driver nudged her baby with his car:

Anyway, here's what a former member of the Hasidic community has to say on the matter.  Firstly, only the men are allowed to drive or ride bikes:

However, there is plenty of entitlement when it comes to who owns the road. Hasidic men are the drivers in the Williamsburg community; women are forbidden to drive or to ride bicycles. Here, women walk the sidewalks with their buggies, and the men drive the roads — two parallel worlds emerge. I have often, in my 25 years as a Hasidic woman and later as a tour guide, experienced the effects of men who feel like the roads are theirs.

Secondly, the notion of pedestrian right-of-way is alien to them:

When I first learned to drive, as part of my preparation to leave the Hasidic community, I was surprised to learn that the pedestrian had a right-of-way. I had always imagined that the vehicles had the right-of-way, simply because they were stronger and could hurt you if you tried to go first. There were plenty of times, as a little girl, that I tried to cross the street in my Hasidic village, only for a man in his minivan to come careening around the bend, the driver honking again and again, as I rushed to run back on to the side-walk. Of course not all men were this way; but for those who were, no one in our society ever put a check on them.

Thirdly, they believe they own the road:

But if we are to look at the underlying culture, and ask what it produces, there is no doubt in my mind that we will find entitlement and arrogance among male drivers – simply because of the culture they live in.

When men are led to believe that the road is theirs first, that it is a place only for their big minivans, then the criticism is fair of the group as a whole, not merely its individuals.

Because the problems are not merely anecdotal, not merely a few experiences that Tamblyn complains about on Twitter – but something much larger, something endemic to the Hasidic community’s male-centric world-view.

So in other words, they're exactly much like every other driver out there, apart from the fact that they're more conspicuously attired and universally male.

Finally, Apple Maps--the second-least-opened app on your iPhone after "Stocks"--now includes bike share station locations:

Apple Maps

With this update, you can type “bike sharing” in any city and find the name of the service and the location of the closest station. It doesn’t tell you if a startup is operating a dock-less bike-sharing service in that city. So you’ll have to open the Mobike, Ofo or oBike app yourself.

Apple Maps supports Citi Bike in NYC, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, BIKETOWN in Portland, Santander Cycles in London, bicing in Barcelona, BIXI in Montreal, CityCycle in Brisbane, nextbike in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, the U.K., and dozens of others. I tried looking for stations in smaller cities and it also works in European cities with hundreds of thousands of people.

Huh, I may have to actually open it on purpose now.