Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

March 14th, 2018: Less Snow, More Bike Lanes

Oh come on:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after noon. Increasing clouds, with a high near 41. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. West wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Sunrise: 7:09am

Sunset: 7:02pm

Seriously, it's enough already.

If you're tempted to skip ahead a few pages and see what the next few days have in store, here you go:

Rest of Week

I can live with that.

And here's another encouraging sign on the horizon:

This is good news, but can't we just skip the endless hearings, take the comments about how the loss of parking will destroy all the local businesses as read and get on with it already?

In other infrastructure news, the Gerritsen Inlet Bridge is now in its final configuration:

So with spring on the way you will soon be able to witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational bike lane.

And if you've ever wondered what 24 hours of Citi Bike activity looks like, here you go:

Speaking of bike share, the All Powerful Bike Share Lobby has defeated a Florida bill that would have put all bike share programs under control of the state:

Bike Share Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BRAIN) — The North American Bikeshare Association said its helped defeat a Florida bill that would have replaced local control of bike share programs with a statewide policy. 

The Florida House of Representatives and Senate introduced bills in December that imposed a statewide bikeshare policy. NABSA said the bills did not account for safety, data privacy, right of way management, or the needs of communities, among other issues. The group believes the success of bikeshare, the safety of riders and the quality of the service all depend on local management and decision-making authority.

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that this man was in charge of Citi Bike:

Cuomo

You'd never be able to find a working bike, but they'd all have USB chargers.

Moving on, Streetsblog reports on the Broadway redesign in the Bronx:

Streetsblog

DOT plans to move forward with a redesign of Broadway alongside Van Cortlandt Park next month. The project calls for concrete pedestrian islands and a two-way protected bike lane along the park border. Council Member Andrew Cohen requested a safety overhaul of Broadway in 2015, and DOT says it will be installed despite opposition from Bronx Community Board 8.

In a letter sent last week, DOT Bronx Borough Commissioner Nivardo Lopez informed CB 8 Chair Rosemary Ginty that the danger of Broadway’s current wide, high-speed layout makes the redesign imperative [PDF].

“After full consideration of your resolution, feedback received through our outreach process, and our engineering analysis, we have determined that the proposed safety improvement project is the best way to address all the safety issues along the corridor,” Lopez wrote.

Note that the local Parking Preservation Council who fought so bravely to maintain the status quo will hold a wake to lament the passing of this deadly thoroughfare:

DOT will return to CB 8 next week to take questions about the project. While the redesign is moving forward, if you walk or bike on Broadway it can’t hurt to show up to voice your support. The transportation committee meets Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Downey’s Bar and Grill, located at 5790 Mosholu Avenue.

See you in hell, de facto highway.

Finally, Streetsfilms takes you to Monday's march in Brooklyn:

Am I crazy or did the New York Times not even cover it?