Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

January 10th, 2019: We Want A Bike Mayor!

Gusty again today, and a lot colder too:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 22. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. Blustery, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Sunrise: 7:20am

Sunset: 4:48pm

Between the wind and the ticketing you've got plenty of reasons to keep your head down:

If you've ever reported a blocked bike lane to 311, it probably won't surprise you to learn that there's only a 2% chance doing so will result in a ticket:

Probably because so many of the cars blocking bike lanes belong to members of the NYPD:

Mosholu

(Mosholu Parkway Greenway, Bronx)

This is the portion of the Greenway adjacent to the New York Botanical Garden, and it is perennially commandeered for parking by the 52nd Precinct.  Care to guess how many tickets they issued for parking in bike lanes in 2018?

52nd

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Granted, there are few bike lanes to block in this part of the Bronx, but they're certainly doing there part to make the only car-free route through the precinct nearly unrideable.

Also in the Bronx, the DOT appears to be taking a count in the Broadway bike lane along Van Cortlandt Park:

Count

I did my part by riding back and forth over it 52,000 times.

Moving off the mainland, who didn't see this coming?

L-Saster

The group issued four demands on Tuesday — days after Gov. Cuomo effectively turned a 15-month full L-train shutdown between Manhattan and Brooklyn into a night-and-weekend inconvenience.

“If the new proposal is adopted,” the group said in its statement, “the coalition expects the city to:

  1. Abandon the 14th Street “busway,” which includes an unstated vehicle ban on 14th Street, diverting excessive traffic throughout the Village, Chelsea, and Flatiron, threatening their safety and crumbling infrastructure;
  2. Restore four-lane vehicular traffic on 14th Street;
  3. Cancel the 14th Street pedestrian expansion and bring back bus stops;
  4. Remove the bike lanes on 12th and 13th [streets].”

Meanwhile, NY1 reports on the recent Manhattan Community Board 3 meeting where residents insisted they remain in place:

NY1

"A lot of people are using the bike lanes right now. This city put them in for the L train shut down plan but we need to have them permanently regardless of the L train shut down because they’re safe to ride in," said Wald. We live here, we walk here, we bike here that’s why we need safe street facilities in the neighborhood."

"Community is still asking for the same bus way and  bikeway commuter options that we’ve been asking for for months and for years well before the governor took his first tour of the Canarsie tunnel. So although the mitigation plans are changing we don’t want that burden to fall on the subway riders and the M 14 bus riders who currently take these transit options every day," said Chelsea Yamada, an East Village resident.

Of course, bike lane opponents love to put themselves forth as the true representatives of their community, and all too often our own mayor can seem...noncommittal when confronted on the subject.  This is why we need someone who speaks for us, and to that end TA is calling for the appointment of a Bike Mayor!

Bike Mayor

Yep, Amsterdam has one, Copenhagen has one, and even London has one, so it's about time we got one too.

The ideal candidate should have lots of experience in all facets of NYC cycling, from racing to messengering to commuting to child-schlepping, and should also have written numerous books and articles on the subject.  Extensive blogging experience is also a plus.

Goodness knows where they'd ever find such a person:

Bent

(Photo by Grant Petersen)

Hopefully my brief dalliance with a recumbent doesn't torpedo my campaign.

Anyway, once appointed, I the new bicycle mayor, whoever that may be, will immediately get to work answering pressing questions such as this:

It's always best to pass wordlessly if you can, even if you don't approve of the other cyclist's behavior, and a little early morning grooving and swerving is not unacceptable on Randall's Island.  That being said, a well-flipped bird would not be inappropriate in this particular situation.

No further question.