Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

June 14th, 2018: Take It Easy

Sunny and clear, but hot:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Sunny, with a high near 82. West wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Northwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Sunrise: 5:24am

Sunset: 8:29pm

Take your time and stay cool.  It's undignified to ride fast while commuting.

With the NYPD still handing out tickets like they're running a coat check at a catering hall it's useful to know your rights, so you might want to check this out tonight:

Yes, tonight.  See, tomorrow night means tonight since that tweet was from yesterday.

Got it?

Sure you do.

Speaking of riding fast, the parks are very busy this time of year so take extra care:

So basically they put the signs there to prevent crashing, but now the signs are causing crashes.  

Anyway, if you need to ride fast in the parks, ride fast going up the hill.  It's a better workout and it's safer for everybody. 

And in parking news, there's placard abuse, and then several rungs below that there's food delivery sign abuse:

Up by me they just put the takeout menus on their dashboard.

Speaking of parking, there are many reasons to applaud the new dedicated car share parking program, but maybe the best one is that drivers are so upset about it they're forgetting to hate bikes:

Car Share

“Public land for private benefit,” Carroll Gardens resident Charles Harbutt told the Brooklyn Eagle. Harbutt was passing by one of the new car-share spaces at the intersection of Clinton and Warren streets. “There’s already a shortage with all the bicycles, which I don’t have a problem with. But it’s really become an absurdity how much commercial benefit [there is] at public expense.”

Ah, bikes: they're the devil you know.

Meanwhile, according to an article Atlantic there's a cargo bike backlash in the Netherlands:

Cargo Bike Moms

This is one of the reasons why cargo-bike riders, especially mothers, are sharply criticized from all sides of the political spectrum. The right sees them as yuppies, out of touch, soft, feminine, and elite. “It’s the same kind of aggressiveness as toward hipsters,” van Gent explained, “because cargo-bike moms also represent urban change. They also represent affluence.”

From the left, bakfiets mothers are accused of promoting segregation by using their cargo bikes to transport their children out of the diverse neighborhoods where they reside into schools in more affluent areas, where the majority of students are ethnically Dutch.

And it's not limited to moms:

The bakfiets is associated with femininity, but fathers also use it. When they do, the bikes’ association with women comes along for the ride. The bakfiets has also become a symbol of new fatherhood: Cargo-bike dads are seen as “soft,” cool, and highly involved with their children. The bakfietspapa also takes a papadag, or a day off of work to spend with his family, and he is very likely to work part-time. Gender equality in these kinds of families may be higher than in the general population due to the fact that both partners work four days a week.


Anybody in the Netherlands who has a problem with cargo-bike dads should come here and try "sharing" the road with some of our SUV-driving cargo-short dads and see how they like it. 

Finally, Vice pondered the outcome of a hypothetical civil war among the five boroughs, and--spoiler alert--the Bronx won:

Here's the full story, which doesn't mention bicycles even once, even though being able to cycle upstate for supplies without crossing any bridges is a clear strategic advantage.

Hey, it's why I moved here.