Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

May 15th, 2018: Welcome To The Future

The weather will be hit-or-miss today so prepare accordingly:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 61. Light and variable wind becoming northeast around 6 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 5:39am

Sunset: 8:06pm

In particular, watch out for possible thunderstorms later today which could bring hail:

There is the possibility of severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening, with the main threat damaging wind gusts and large hail. In addition, locally heavy rainfall is possible with any stronger convection. While the main threat is for minor flooding of urban and poor drainage areas, there is a small chance for localized flash flooding.

Where's DOT with the free Vision Zero helmets when you need them?

Vision Zero Helmet

Still, there's no reason to let a little rain and/or hail get in the way of your Bike To Work Week:

You can still register for the Bike To Work Challenge, and starting tomorrow you'll find stations at the following location:

May 16 from 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
May 17 from 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. AND 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Because you deserve free stuff, and everybody loves coffee:

 

In other news, on May 29th the DOT will hold a public meeting on May 29th about the proposed rule concerning pedal-assist bicycles [PDF]: 

Public Hearing

They're event taking faxes so if you've got something to say there's no excuse for not weighing in.

By the way, here's the proposed definition of pedal-assist bicycle:

Pedal-assist bicycle. A “pedal-assist bicycle” shall mean a bicycle equipped at manufacture with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than seven hundred fifty watts (one horsepower) whereby such electric motor engages only when the operator is pedaling, and disengages or ceases to function when (i) the operator applies the brakes, (ii) the operator stops pedaling, or (iii) the bicycle achieves a speed of twenty miles per hour or more. A pedal-assist bicycle shall not be equipped with any throttle capacity or have any additional motorized equipment affixed to it. Such bicycle shall have permanently affixed in a prominent location the manufacturer’s original label containing the maximum speed and motor wattage of the bicycle. 

I wonder if the manufacturers will be as honest about maximum speed and motor wattage as Volkswagen were about emissions.

Regardless, Wired is heralding the bicycle as the "vehicle of the future:"

Wired

WHAT’S THE SHINIEST, most exciting new technology for transportation? Well, there are plenty of candidates! We’ve got the self-­driving car and drones big enough to carry people. Elon Musk is getting ready to bore hyperloop tunnels. When it comes to moving humans around, the future looks to be merging with sci-fi.

But from where I stand, the most exciting form of transportation technology is more than 100 years old—and it’s probably sitting in your garage. It’s the bicycle. The future of transportation has two thin wheels and handlebars.

And the BBC says dockless bike share is "flooding the world:"

Dockless Bike Share

Prof Girotra says data about our biking habits could also prove quite lucrative.

"If you want to know where people are, they can turn off mobile phones, but with a bike you know precisely at which shop they've pulled up," explains Steven Fleming, founder of Australian and Dutch consultancy Cycle Space.

Nobody likes being followed, but it may be worth it if this puts and end to the old "bike lanes are bad for business" nonsense once and for all.

Finally, a driver critically injured a cyclist in Bay Ridge last week, and a neighborhood resident has something to say about the way people drive and ride:

Executive summary: the cyclists are fine but the drivers are crazy.

No surprises there.