Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 1st, 2018: Amortize This

Both legs of your commute should be dry today but the rain is due to arrive later tonight:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 7:26am

Sunset: 5:52pm

Election day is coming, and you can ride Citi Bike to the polls for free:

The DOT will also make bike improvements to Union Square West:

And University Place:

And while Delancey and Allen has been a bit of a debacle so far there is this festive barrier so there you go:

Of course yesterday was the anniversary of the terror attack on the West Side Greenway, and the NYPD was at high alert:

Bike riders said they do feel more secure with the barriers that have since been put up along the path, and the NYPD says more bollards, or metal posts, will be added in the coming months.

“Cars can’t get through onto this bike road now. So I mean, definitely a lot more safe,” said Cameron Brazil, of Tribeca.

Chelsea

According to the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad, the victim was fatally struck while standing on the curb at W. 23rd Street on Saturday night, when the driver of a white Dodge Ram 2500, traveling north on 8th Avenue, made a left turn "at an apparent high rate of speed." After running over the man, the driver careened into oncoming traffic on 23rd Street, slamming his heavy duty pickup truck into two more vehicles before speeding off, authorities said.

Speaking of danger, one website reports that ebike injuries and fatalities are on the rise:

Ebikes

Though this stands to reason as ebikes weren't even a thing until relatively recently.

Who's getting hurt and how also differs from country to country, though often it's the cyclists themselves who are getting injured and not the pedestrians:

The answer varies somewhat around the world. In the Netherlands, the study shows that it’s mostly older male cyclists who are ending up in the hospital or worse. 31 of 38 fatalities in the study were men over 65. The study’s authors point to several factors which combine to cause issues. The increased speed of the electric bicycles vs pedal bikes in the same age cohort suggests that reduced time to react combined with slower reaction times was a factor. The increased weight of the bikes combined with diminished muscle tone was considered a concern. And that it was men not women who were the very large majority indicated a risk perception difference, likely due to great diminishment of physical capability for men vs women.

There's a lot to consider here, and clearly much needs to be done in order to better accommodate new forms of transportation such as ebikes, but the main thing to take away from this article is that men are stupid.

Finally, meet your new "L train alternative:"

Yuba

("Cargo pants of bikes"?  What does that even mean?)

No doubt Arthur "We Have A Yuba Parked In Front Of Our House" Schwartz would bristle, but it has a lot going for t:

The Electric Supermarché is hitting Brooklyn bike shops just in time for one of the biggest transit upheavals in Williamsburg's history, and it's about as reasonable a solution as the many others proposed by the MTA.

Manufacturers say the $5,999 bicycle will allow you to cart 300 pounds of stuff up and down the Williamsburg Bridge without becoming a hot sweaty mess for work. They do not say how other cyclists will feel about you taking a small car-sized bike onto the bridge.

I think I speak for anyone who's ever ridden a cargo bike when I say, "Who cares how they feel?"

As for the price, that's 2,181 subway trips.  So if you figure a 15 month closure with around 20 workdays a month, by using the Yuba instead of the L train you...well, you won't even come close to amortizing the price of the bike during the course of the shutdown based on train fare alone.  (Unless you take on paying passengers, that is.)  But that's hardly the point, and I can personally vouch for the supreme usefulness of the Supermarché, as I had one on loan for awhile (though sadly mine did not have an e-assist):

They most certainly do.