Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

January 7th, 2019: Chain of Fools

Randalls Island

(Randall's Island)

A cold but dry commute today with some possible rain and snow later tonight:

Monday Weather

Monday Increasing clouds, with a high near 36. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Monday Night A slight chance of snow between 8pm and 11pm, then rain likely. Cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 41 by 5am. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunrise: 7:20am

Sunset: 4:45pm

If you live and/or ride in Brooklyn here's a meeting to put in your Palm Pilot:

By hyper-alert out there as NYPD continue to ticket at full tilt, even in January:

Used to be you could relax a bit during the winter but those days seem to be over.

NYPD would also like you to exercise proper bike-locking technique:

The bike's probably up there because a thief tried to hoist it up and off the pole so the smugness seems rather unwarranted.

With the L train shutdown now shaping up to be merely partial in nature the calls are coming from far and wide to maintain the improvements that came out of the mitigation plan:

Even if Cuomo’s idea turns out to be the better one, we shouldn’t scrap the ideas that have come forth as a result of the planned 15-month closure. The governor said himself that “necessity is the mother of invention.” What he may not have realized is that the “necessity” of the 15-month L shutdown had already led to some new “inventions”: a busway on 14th St., new buffered bike lanes on Grand St. in Williamsburg and on 12th and 13th St. in Manhattan, and the rollout of pedal-assist Citi Bikes.

Speaking of things to look out for, beware of chains when you're entering Prospect Park:

Dan Loomis, 38, was biking home from teaching a music lesson in Manhattan at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night when he turned to glide into Prospect Park and suddenly found himself speeding toward a hefty, metal chain.

Loomis was doing about 15-miles-an-hour when he swerved to miss the links at the Bartel-Pritchard Square entrance, flipped over his handlebars and landed on the concrete with his bike on top of him, he said.

Apparently the chains are "temporary:"

A Parks Department spokesperson told Patch the chain will be replaced Friday with a temporary barrier until more permanent one is installed next week.

"This chain was installed in place of a broken swing gate within the last month," the spokesperson said. "We have not received any reports of injuries or complaints from 311."

I feel his pain, as many years ago I was entering Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza at night and hit one of these at full speed:


Though I was returning from a bar, so make of that what you will.

Finally, Mayor de Blasio appeared on the Simpson and the Times was able to corner him with the monorail reference we've all been waiting for:

Some people see the BQX, a proposed light rail line to link Brooklyn and Queens, as a kind of monorail.

I think it’s a very different reality, to say the least. And look, we’ll veer into seriousness for a moment, the BQX is based on a national movement to light rail that’s been working — Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, L.A. All over the country people are turning to light rail for good reason.

That was part of the argument for the monorail: “Look, it worked in the towns of Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook. It could work in Springfield too!”

I love that. You’ve done your research.

A Simpsons episode on bike lanes seems long overdue.