Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 3rd, 2019: Warm and Windy

Warm and windy today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a west wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph.

Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph.

Sunrise: 6:37am

Sunset: 7:23pm

This month, Bay Ridge gets a bike lane:

And lots is happening in Queens:

Watch out for ticketing as always:

Ticketing has also been reported on the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge and on the Hudson River Greenway.

Sometimes though it's just "outreach;"

And sometimes the NYPD uses Twitter for good:

Haha, burn.

Hopefully once congestion pricing goes into effect we'll find fewer drivers parked in the bike lane.  Either that or they'll think their congestion fee entitles them to do just that, we'll have to wait and see.  Either way, if it works other cities may follow:

“New York’s use of congestion pricing could be a game-changer,” said Travis Brouwer, an assistant transportation director in Oregon, which has considered congestion pricing for traffic-jammed Portland.

“If New York City can prove that congestion pricing can work and gain public acceptance, it could give cities like Portland a boost as we look to introduce pricing.”

And ironically Jersey City is threatening to do just that:

“We can do the same thing,” Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop told NJ.com a day after lawmakers in Albany approved a toll for drivers heading into downtown Manhattan.

“If NY does a commuter tax that only funds @MTA + exempts NYC residents from the tax – why should NJ not implement a commuter tax on NYC residents leaving NYC that exempts NJ residents so WE can fund our transit,” he tweeted Monday.

Hey, nobody's stopping you.

But while congestion pricing may be moving forward, e-scooter legalization may have lost a bit of momentum:

The governor's office says they fought for the measure along with the rest of their agenda, but neither the State Assembly or the State Senate included it in their budget proposals, indicating that getting it passed will be difficult.

package of City Council legislation that would legalize e-bikes and e-scooters needed Cuomo's proposal to pass first. The bills seek to end what is seen by many as a double-standard on New York City's streets: while Citi Bike is allowed to deploy 4,000 pedal-assist e-bikes, delivery cyclists who rely on the throttle-powered e-bikes for their livelihoods are fined and have their bikes confiscated. Bird and other scooter companies want the legislation to pass so they can flood neighborhoods with the kind of electric-powered scooters that have become popular in Portland, San Francisco, and Mexico City.

Sadly we can only focus on one non-car-centric transit policy at a time.