Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 3rd, 2019: Putting Your Foot Down

Here comes the rain to cool us down:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Showers likely. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 57. Northeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night Rain before 3am, then scattered showers after 3am. Temperature rising to around 66 by 2am. East wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunrise 6:54am

Sunset 6:35pm

Today, 14th Street finally goes (sort of) car-free:

While in Brooklyn, connections to the Kosciuszko Bridge are gradually taking shape:

Though things still have a ways to go:

And of course the Queensboro Bridge is long past due for separate bike and pedestrian paths:

In the media, NBC New York did a story on cycling deaths which flirted with victim-blaming a bit but ultimately zeroed in on trucks:

It also mentioned that the NYPD will focus less on bicycle enforcement and more on driver enforcement, which is at odds with this ghost bike ticket trap:

That's right, you're supposed to put your foot down at a stop sign.

We should make drivers do the same thing.

Finally, Vice takes a look at rideouts:

On September 15, a location was shared on Instagram, prompting thousands of riders to begin trickling south from Fort George to Times Square. I hopped on a Citi Bike in Harlem, hoping to intersect the group on its way downtown, and spotted several officers on bicycles yelling at a traffic guard: "Which way did the bikes go?!” Later, I'd see one pink Ripper loaded into a police car, on Amsterdam Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, though the rider was nowhere in sight. Reached via email, the NYPD could not confirm whether this was the result of a crash or an arrest.

Gotta keep the city safe from people popping wheelies on bicycles.