Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

May 23rd, 2018: Tickets, Tickets, and More Tickets

The rain just doesn't want to leave us alone:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Isolated showers between 9am and 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

Sunrise: 5:32am

Sunset: 8:14pm

Shouldn't be enough to keep you off the bike though.

It also won't be enough to curtail the NYPD, and yesterday was a particularly heavy bike ticketing day in what will probably go down as the heaviest bike ticketing month in city history to date, with stings reported in the following Manhattan locations:

  • Broadway/52nd Street
  • 2nd Avenue/15th Street
  • Delancey/Suffolk
  • Chrystie/Grand

Further uptown, there's also been a consistent NYPD presence on St. Nicholas Avenue along St. Nicholas Park for weeks now.  Streetsblog reports that an NYPD spokesperson "couldn't rule...out" the possibility of a coordinated crackdown, while others have cited the old "end of the month" rationale.  In addition to red light runners, NYPD also seems to be targeting cyclists wearing headphones:

Penalizing cyclists for doing something that isn't particularly dangerous seems counter to Vision Zero, but then again even city employees are hitting people on bikes so there you go:

Then you've got the vital safety projects that are delayed while they're subjected to gripe fest after gripe fest:

Out on the streets, in addition to ongoing milling and paving work (check the schedule), Fleet Week begins today:

Expect possible delays, detours, and dismount zones on the Hudson River Greenway as the NYPD has a history of initiating surprise closures.

And a dog-themed Bike Train departs at 8am today:

Bring a dog, or failing that, dog puns.

Moving on, while the city is updating the law pertaining to ebikes, they seem to have omitted pedicabs:

Pedicabs

In a statement, the mayor's office explained, "Motorized pedicabs are categorically different under the law," and in a separate statement added that they are, "expressly prohibited."

"Well, it's sad," said Gregg Zuman, who runs Revolution Rickshaws and sees pedicabs as a pollution-free transportation alternative. "It just limits potential."

The trouble goes back to a law New York City passed years ago specifically about pedicabs and no other cyclists requiring pedicabs be "solely propelled by human power."

Basically the approach seems to be that the more legitimately you need an assist on your bike the less inclined the city is to let you use one.  Commuting?  Sure.  Food delivery?  Only without a throttle.  Schlepping heavyset tourists around in a giant pedicab?  No way!

It's becoming increasingly clear that cities need to work to accommodate ebikes, as well as bike and scooter share:

Bike Share Craze

Despite all the posturing in places like Austin, bike and scooter share companies will ultimately need city buy-in to successfully change people’s transportation habits—which, beyond making a few startup investors a bunch of money, is really the intended purpose here.

“It’s a matter of choice: do you, as a city, want to encourage two-wheeled transportation? If you do, you need to make space,” said Squire.

And as New York City considers introducing dockless bike share it will be useful to watch what happens just across the city line in Yonkers, where a program has officially launched this past Monday and already people are rooting for it to fail:

Yonkers Bike Share

Lime would argue that the service provides an asset to real estate developers who profit from building near transportation centers such as Metro North. The ride share is an added incentive to prospective renters. 

The first 24 hours of the Yonkers program which began on May 21st has yielded mixed results. (See photo). As the City prepares to lay off 72 police officers, will Limebike enable it's GPS system to make arrests?

Blaming bike share for cannibalizing the police force is certainly a groundbreaking new tactic in the anti-bike wars, though I don't find the above-referenced photo particularly frightening:

Lime Bikes

I've ridden through downtown Yonkers often enough to know they've got enough sidewalk parking to put New York City to shame.  If anything maybe a few Lime bikes by the curb will remind drivers to park in the street where they belong.