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Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

May 17th, 2018: Rain Likely

The rain is going to linger today like a delivery truck in the bike lane:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Rain likely, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 72. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night Rain likely, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 59. South wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 5:37am

Sunset: 8:08pm

Though that shouldn't keep you from riding to work.

Hey, Roger Clark did it yesterday:

And there will be commuter stations in the morning and in the evening:

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

Just watch out for you-know-who:

Here's some good news for the Bronx:

This section of the Grand Concourse badly needs a protected bike lane:

Concourse

Especially since it will be crucial for accessing those improved Harlem River crossings.

Yes, more bike lanes can't come fast enough--though there is something to be said for taking your time:

Hey, with the bike lane full of NYPD and UPS vehicles that was probably the best they could do.

In other news, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle's going all in on the ebike double standard angle:

Ebikes

The bikes represent an investment of about $1,500, but users say they allow them to ride farther than traditional bikes, and keep their jobs well into middle age. They are cheaper and much more environmentally friendly than motorcycles or cars.

But last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio, citing unspecified safety concerns, stepped up enforcement of rules barring e-bikes. At the time, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill called e-bikes “too often a danger on the city’s streets and sidewalks,” though no specific incidents were cited. A press release issued by the city at that time also quoted several Manhattan public officials who complained that e-bikes are unsafe, but also did not cite any specific examples.

It would be difficult to offer frightening statistics for one simple reason: The NYPD does not keep crash statistics specific to e-bikes.

And if you can't get enough class conflict be sure to read this exquisitely headlined Village Voice story on the mayor's tub toys:

Ferries

While our buses are hopelessly delayed, our bike lanes languish in interminable community board meetings, and Citi Bike continues to operate without city funds, the mayor has pledged more money to ferries, much to the delight of morning drinkers:

“Also there’s beer,” Bearden added, noting the amenity is welcome in both directions of his commute. “Some days you just want to start your morning with a beer.”

And people who think subway riders are icky:

To get a glimpse into who is benefiting from ferry subsidies, the Voice interviewed sixty riders, covering all four existing ferry routes (two more are set to open this summer) during peak rush periods, to find out why they’re taking the ferry and where they’re from. Our findings: Ferry riders are, by and large, higher-income New Yorkers taking advantage of subsidized ferry rides to avoid subways and buses — not because it’s a faster commute, but because of the ferry’s creature comforts such as elbow room, concessions, alcohol, WiFi, and the fresh sea air.

“The time factor has nothing to do with it for me,” explained J. Scott Klossner, a 53-year-old freelancer currently working for the Today show who takes the Rockaway route, even though it adds almost 45 minutes each way to his commute.

“I can get a coffee, a bagel, everyone is nice. The opposite is true of the A train: Everyone is a fucking asshole.”

All at the expense of transit modes that will always serve far more people:

The average income of bus commuters is $28,455, well below the city’s median individual income of $38,840, according to a report by the city comptroller. Last year, de Blasio announced he was providing $270 million to expand the city’s Select Bus Service over the next decade — less than the ferries will receive over the next five years. Each of the existing SBS routes carries more passengers alone than the ferry system in total. Some individual SBS routes, such as the Bx12 (15,576,377 annual riders) or the M15 (14,128,504) carry orders of magnitude more New Yorkers per year than the entire ferry system.

And that’s to say nothing of Citibike, which receives no subsidies at all despite being the most-used bike sharing system in North America, averaging some 60,000 riders per day during summer months and 25,000 to 30,000 per day in winter months.

Unless we start building canals, of course, though those would be an even tougher sell to the NIMBYs than the bike lanes.

At least you can park illegally in a bike lane without sinking.