Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 29th, 2018: Just The Facts

Could be raining for your morning commute but it should be dry for your return trip:

Monday Weather

Monday A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 11 to 13 mph.

Sunrise: 7:23am

Sunset: 5:56pm

The weather also cooperated for yesterday's Tour de Bronx:

With the marathon approaching this weekend be sure to check the status of your favorite Citi Bike station:

And with the L train down this past weekend we got a preview of what's to come:

In the meantime, enjoy the last few days of [hashtag] Biketober:

All of those are indeed facts, but one you don't hear touted too much is that when drivers kill cyclists they don't get in much trouble:

Meanwhile, on the Upper East Side, the 19th Precinct is rolling out a Bicycle Safety Officer:

I'd start by riding up and down the 1st and 2nd Avenue bike lane and ticketing every driver that gets in your way.

In bicycle-adjacent conveyance news, Peter Flax explains why scooters are good for cyclists:

Scooter

The practical benefits of an alliance with the companies that make and rent electric scooters—as well as with the people who ride them—could be enormous. Imagine the massive political and financial leverage scooter companies can exert to build new or improved bike lanes. Imagine the broad cultural impact of having millions of people who don’t ride bikes get on scooters and finally realize the importance of building safer streets—and maybe rethink their apathy or hostility toward cyclists.

All true.  Also, let's face it: in a game of chicken were still going to win every time.

Finally, Vox makes the outrageous claim that being able to walk around your neighborhood is a good thing:

But Speck says walkability can actually work to make communities more equitable. According to his book, cities with more transit choice demonstrate less income inequality and less overspending on rent. Walkability opens up the world to the elderly, who often struggle to find transportation when they lose the ability to drive, and public transit is used most by minorities and those making under $50,000. Since transit and walking go hand in hand, improving the walkability of a city could help better serve those in lower income brackets.

And don't worry, our cities are so bad there's no way we have to worry about improved walkability and bike lanes causing gentrification:

“For the typical city where most Americans live, there’s very little risk of improved walkability causing gentrification,” he told Vox, “particularity in the short term, just because [cities] have so far to go just to reach a modicum of safety and comfort.”

How comforting.