Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 8th, 2019: A Picture Is Worth 280 Characters

Be prepared for rain and possible thunderstorms today:

Monday Weather

Monday Showers and thunderstorms likely before noon, then a chance of showers between noon and 3pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. South wind 7 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunrise: 6:29am

Sunset: 7:28pm

And for street resurfacing in the coming weeks:

On the Upper West Side, a bicycle delivery worker helped stop a thief who sounds like a character out of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?":

In a Friday Facebook post, the NYPD said one of its teams was out looking for suspects they say stole a woman's AirPod headphones on the Upper East Side March 29. They were about to give up after an hour-long search, when they spotted one of the alleged robbers. They told him to stop. 

He didn't listen, and started running across West 72nd Street toward Broadway, throwing fake $50 bills from his pockets as he fled, police say. The Domino's worker saw the chase in progress and stepped in with his bicycle, delaying the suspect just long enough for the officers to safely take the man into custody. 

And the 19th Precinct is responding to blocked bike lane complaints:

Meanwhile, in Queens, the 107th Precinct had some advice for cyclists:

They're absolutely right about giving pedestrians priority, but if you're a cyclist you may be confused by the admonition to "be visible," since you already are.  (Barring time travel mishaps, of course.)  If you weren't visible, you could just walk around stealing things, and you wouldn't even have to run away while throwing fake $50 bills to distract your pursuers.  

Nevertheless, everyone seemed to focus on the accompanying image instead:

Streetsblog asked the NYPD for an explanation about the 107th Precinct tweet. After initial publication of this story, we received the following statement from NYPD spokeswoman Jessica McRorie:

The goal of the tweet is to promote safety for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike. The graphic was meant to depict officers addressing the concerns of bicyclists, and emphasize traffic safety for everyone. The NYPD is a proud partner of the Vision Zero mission.

It's surprising the NYPD can speak with such certainty as to the intent of the artist, since the image comes from a Thrillist piece published in 2017 and written by some bike blogger:


Arguably the whimsical content of the image is less troubling than the NYPD's abuse of Google Images.

In other NYPD news, undaunted by confiscated ebike misadventures:

They've now moved up to dirt bikes:

Maybe they'll try regular bikes next and realize it's the porridge that's just right.

Finally, in anti-bike propaganda, remember this?

Well, the Villager (sort of) sanitized it:


They've scaled it back from egregiously offensive to just offensive.