Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

May 16th, 2018: Spoils of Victory

If yesterday was too hot for you then I've got some good news:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 64. East wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 57. Northeast wind 3 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 5:38am

Sunset: 8:07pm

Hopefully your ride home yesterday evening wasn't too dramatic:

Out on the streets, there's now a pedestrian island at W. 242nd and Broadway in the Bronx, and I can tell you firsthand that a bike lane is now taking shape:

And in Brooklyn, the DOT replaced a missing board on the Carroll Street Bridge:

Reports that the board was stolen for use in a new bar made from reclaimed wood are unconfirmed as of press time.

If you want to be a part of shaping New York City transportation policy here are a couple of public meetings to put in your Palm Pilot:

And today you can join a high-powered Bike To Work event:

With feeder rides aplenty:

Or, for the more irreverent among you, there's an unsanctioned Citi City Bike race this Saturday:

City Bike Race

The race (which is being branded as “NOT A RACE,” just in case) is being held 9 a.m. Saturday. The winner is the rider who shows the quickest time from somewhere north of 100th Street to somewhere south of Houston on the iron horses, measured by the Citi Bike app. Choose your own route. The male and female winners each get prizes, including some fitness classes and 100,000 New York Coins, a local crypto currency. May the best bike-share warrior win.

“I hope I don’t get sued,” says Buijs, 40. To protect himself, the full $30 entry fee goes straight to charity, and the only thing Buijs gets is a bit of buzz for his new website. He says the race is a one-time deal.

Here's the current value of a New York Coin by the way:

New York Coin

So basically the winner gets eight bucks.

Hey, maybe it'll cover your Citi Bike overage fees.

In other news, Copenhagen and Amsterdam are scoffing at our bike lanes:

When American engineers started adding bike lanes to American streets about a decade ago, they changed the model, creating a “protected” bicycle lane once misleadingly called “the Copenhagen lane.”

We see examples on many Manhattan avenues, with parked cars sitting awkwardly between moving traffic and grossly striped bike lanes. Every planner and urban designer I’ve talked to in Denmark and the Netherlands says their countries would never build such ugly, over-engineered streets, which diminish the pedestrian experience and give high priority to traffic flow at 35 m.p.h. and above.

And while we're getting better we've still got a long way to go:

CitiBike is the largest bike share system in America. Almost 80 percent of Manhattanites don’t own a car, and that percentage increases every year. Eighty-two percent of New York City residents support Vision Zero, with good reason: Pedestrian deaths have gone down every year since the city began Vision Zero work, and last year there were 32 percent fewer than in the previous year.

The number of bicycling deaths has gone up, however, because more people are cycling. And while the protected bike lanes on Manhattan’s avenues are a step forward, they are still a compromise, with too much emphasis on traffic flow. The new design for transportation corridors with bike lanes introduced left-turn lanes all over the island, and those are dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

New York City’s Department of Transportation has led the American movement for better streets. But as long as we build streets that encourage people to drive into the city and to move around it at 35 m.p.h., we will never get to zero deaths. Our streets are safer, but they’re not safe. They are part of an American driving culture that produced 40,000 traffic deaths last year.

Finally, people who ride bikes really are better human beings:

Brooklyn Bike Patrol

Finger is part of the Brooklyn Bike Patrol, a group of background-checked volunteers who offer free safe walks home from any subway or bus stop in Brooklyn.

They are fond of sayings like, "If you’re a person on planet Earth, then we’ll walk you home,” and “We don’t accept payment, just likes on Facebook.”

Driving a Hyundai just doesn't generate the same sense of goodwill.