***Please note that after today the Bike Forecast will be off until Wednesday, January 2nd. Happy Holidays!***
Friday Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog. Steady temperature around 58. Windy, with a south wind 21 to 26 mph decreasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Friday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then showers likely. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog. Low around 47. South wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Fortunately we should dry out for the weekend, though the temperature will drop rather precipitously one the rain leaves:
As for holiday cheer, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast has you covered:
First you'll want to start this weekend off with some Winter Lager:
With the holiday season reaching its endgame and plenty of cold nights ahead, we’re recommending our Winter Lager for the days ahead. It’s rich and hearty enough to taste like a treat, but finishes dry and refreshing to keep your caroling on-key. Travel safe, and enjoy.
And then you'll want to finish off 2018 with some Black Ops:
For your year-end needs, we’re recommending our Black Ops. This regal barrel-aged imperial stout features intense notes of dark chocolate, oak, coffee, and roasted malt, and features a festively pop-able cork. To make it a real party, we recommend making it a float with vanilla or mocha ice cream. Trust us, it’s the perfect start to the New Year.
I'm sort of intrigued by the float idea, though maybe not enough to try it.
In the meantime, it's a Gridlock Alert Day:
Tomorrow is another #GridlockAlert day in NYC and the forecast includes heavy rain, coastal flooding and strong winds. Plan ahead and take mass transit.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 20, 2018
Follow @NotifyNYC and @nycemergencymgt for updates. @NYC311 https://t.co/T2DClHdEBv
Though Corey Johnson wants to go one better:
Let’s do FULL congestion pricing - which should explore variable road pricing - not just make this about revenue generation (which the taxi & FHV charge is) but make it be truly effective:— Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) December 21, 2018
✔️Disincentiving all vehicles coming into CBD
✔️Dedicated lockbox for MTA
✔️Safer streets https://t.co/mFCFYPI1LY
And if you're looking for a last-minute gift idea here you go:
The final Christmas shopping days are upon us! 🎁— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) December 20, 2018
Surprise your loved ones with the gift of adventure this holiday season with a Citi Bike Annual Membership! Now available for $25 off in the Citi Bike store: https://t.co/MnW3RlrD8O pic.twitter.com/WYoWwDOWJR
By the way, the most popular route in the Citi Bike system is apparently...Broadway and E. 22nd Street to Broadway and E. 17th Street?
And we're back with another interesting stat from 2018! 🎉— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) December 18, 2018
Did you know the most popular route for annual members this year was Broadway & E 22 St → E 17 St & Broadway? 1,514 different members took this short ride. 🚲 pic.twitter.com/mqki9XshQM
That's a suspiciously short trip. It must be some Bike Angel moving the same bike back and forth for points.
In other shared-use mobility news, Israelis love scooters:
Electric-scooter rental companies are hitting speed bumps in the U.S. over safety and other concerns. But in Tel Aviv, one in 10 residents has rented a Bird e-scooter, and the city appears to be embracing them. https://t.co/o5M4AohZMT pic.twitter.com/2r7qfDHhYK— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 20, 2018
Though that was one condescending reporter.
And back home, cyclist fatalities are at an all-time low:
Cyclist Deaths Hit Record Low As NYC Adds 20 Miles Of Protected Bike Laneshttps://t.co/ISD4jpbClK— Gothamist (@Gothamist) December 20, 2018
This year's major projects include the first-ever crosstown protected lane in midtown, along with new lanes on Broadway in the northern Bronx; Skillman/43rd Avenues in Sunnyside, Queens; 9th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn; and on Park Row connecting Chinatown and Lower Manhattan.
The spread of protected bike lanes—and the larger "safety in numbers" dynamic borne from a growing number of cyclists—also seems to be saving lives. This year, the city recorded an all-time low of 10 cyclist fatalities, down from 24 in 2017. The previous annual low for cyclist deaths was 12, during both 2009 and 2013.
Though 20 miles is a bit optimistic:
[UPDATE: Looks like DOT fudged the numbers. StreetsBlog reports that around five miles of the supposedly protected new bike network are marked only with green paint, and not separated from traffic at all. The city actually added only 16.05 miles of protected bike lanes this year, according to the outlet.]
And there are still pockets of resistance:
Of course, those improvement haven't come without some setbacks: Inwood's brand new crosstown lane might get ripped out to preserve the "culture" of double parking, NIMBY vigilantes are scattering thumb tacks across new paths in Sunnyside, and the NYPD continues to treat bike lanes as their own personal parking lots. But as far we know, the year passed without a single TV news reporter pointing at a bike lane and invoking the threat of terrorism. So, progress.
In fact the DOT still hasn't reinstalled the Dyckman bike lane in any form since repaving it this summer, and as of now it exists only on the NYC bike map:
Then there was this comment:
During a press conference on Thursday, the mayor addressed the recent spike in deaths, which he seemed to blame on the crash victims. “It’s related to the time of year in large measure—days being darker, cold weather, people are trying to move along and are bundled up and can’t see as much,” he said. “My message to all New Yorkers is to please keep special care on our streets this time of year.”
Nothing a few light sabers can't fix:
And of course drivers continue to use the bike network as a parking lot. Here's the usual state of affairs on St. Nicholas Avenue around 145th Street:
Where a handmade placard and a PBA card grant you full parking privileges in the bike lane:
That's a fish restaurant, by the way--it doesn't mean the driver owns the fish who played Nemo in the movie. And it's so famous even Martha Stewart paid a visit. No word on whether or not she parked in the bike lane, though if she did I'm sure she wove a delightful homemade placard out of wicker and scented it with potpourri.