Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 16th, 2018: Heavy Rain

Today will bring rain with the thrilling possibility of more rain to come:

Monday Weather

Monday Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 57. Breezy, with an east wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. West wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Sunrise: 6:16am

Sunset: 7:37pm

In the interest of full disclosure I'm still here for one more day, so sorry suckers:


But don't worry, I'll be back very soon, and the weather will only be marginally better:


By the way, if you're wondering where "here" is, I'm not far from San Luis Obispo, where you may recall the former mayor called a proposed bike lane project "urban rape:"

Urban Rape

You'll be pleased to know the plan is moving forward anyway:

"We need to encourage (bicyclists) by giving them a safe corridor, and the best way to do that is to either give them a protected facility or somehow get cars off the streets," said Garrett Otto, who lives in the neighborhood and supports the plan.

"I am against anything that eliminates any of the parking over there," said David Schlossberg, who also lives in the Anholm neighborhood but opposes the project. "Parking is a problem, and doing anything that gets rid of the existing parking in front of houses on both sides of Broad in the whole Broad Street Boulevard bike path is a bad idea."

Funny how anti-bike lane arguments are the same on both coasts.

Not the weather though, I can assure you that's totally different.

Moving back to local news, you'll be pleased to know Citi Bike is testing baskets:

Citi Bike

Every Citi Bike user has surely had the experience of unsuccessfully stuffing a bag of groceries into the inferior storage space on the bike handlebars. Trying to wrestle that little strap over it all. You can’t even call that cell-phone-deep slot a bin. No one in the history of Citi Bike has figured out a good way to fit more than a purse or murse up front there. There are adrenaline junkies who squeeze their tiny toddlers in, but that’s just oddball behavior.

I'd pay double to use Citi Bike if they were equipped with child seats.

Unfortunately, there are only five bikes equipped with baskets at present:

Before you get too excited, this is a very small test. At the end of 2017 the company equipped one (uno, un, eins, echad) bike with the test basket. At the beginning of this year they added four more to freely roam a system of 12,000. So there are now five beautiful basket-ready bicycles making their way around the city, like top-heavy unicorns just waiting to be undocked.

Which means you're still vastly more likely to get a ticket on a Citi Bike than a basket:

Hopefully the whole fleet will have baskets soon, because New Yorkers badly need them to carry their bees:

Ray Sage, 65, an electrician who keeps his bees on the roof of a Lower East Side community center, strapped two boxes of bees to the rack of his bicycle.

“You just have to ride gently and avoid the bumps,” he said, adding that his hives produced some 30 pounds of honey last year.

Another method is to strap them to your back:

Bee Bike

As if ticket stings weren't enough to worry about.