Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 12th, 2019: No-Brainer

Conditions yesterday were delightful, but today it will be difficult to deny that "wintry mix" season is nearly upon us, and temperatures will plummet tonight:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Rain likely, possibly mixing with snow after 2pm, then gradually ending. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 34 by 5pm. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. Breezy, with a northwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 22. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph.

Sunrise: 6:39am

Sunset: 4:41pm

It's also no use denying that the holidays are nearly upon us:

...unless you're the mayor, of course.

"Phenomenal" is a word you probably never expected to hear used to describe the area around the Port Authority Bus Terminal, but here we are:

Our streets have certainly come a long way, yet we're constantly reminded of how much farther we still have to go:

“Wrestling is my lifeline,” he told the magazine. “Every night I come home and hear how someone got shot… like, what if I’m next? But with wrestling I feel like, finally, I have a shot.”

It didn’t take a bullet to kill Matt Travis. It took a 10,000-pound dump truck. According to police, Travis was coasting down the Willis Avenue bridge bike path at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, intending to continue across 125th Street — but a dump truck on a service road parallel to the bridge made an illegal left turn onto 125th Street and then another left onto the bridge, hitting Travis in the process.

In recent weeks we've lost both a 10 year-old boy and a 25 year-old wrestler.  Even if you're strong enough to lift a car you're still not safe from reckless drivers--especially when they know they can get away with it:

He called the police as the driver waited in her car, but when officers arrived they claimed there was nothing they could do because they didn't witness the crash, according to Farrell's retelling. They declined to look at his video capturing the crash, he said.

In a statement late Friday, an NYPD spokesperson said the commanding officer of the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills had reviewed the video and told his officers to prepare a summons for failure to yield.

Unless you happen to win the viral video jackpot you're on your own.  Just strap on a helmet and hope for the best:

Sometimes you have to wonder if the people at the Times read their own paper:

On the other side of the Atlantic, New York has just proclaimed intentions to spend $1.7 billion to dramatically expand the city’s now-convoluted and treacherous patchwork of bicycle lanes. Local leaders speak of dismantling car culture and replacing it with a wholesome dependence on human-powered vehicles. The mission is draped in high-minded goals — addressing climate change, unclogging traffic and promoting exercise.

Copenhagen’s legendary bicycle setup has been propelled by all of these aspirations, but the critical element is the simplest: People here eagerly use their bicycles — in any weather, carrying the young, the infirm, the elderly and the dead — because it is typically the easiest way to get around.

It's a total no-brainer:

“The infrastructure is there and it’s safe,” said Mr. Rasmussen, as he prepared a comforting dinner of squash soup and home-baked sourdough bread. “Why wouldn’t you bike? It’s stupid not to bike.”

And no helmet law, go figure.

Then again, it's only natural to focus on helmets when we frame everything as a war:

The city’s war on cars is cruising right along: about 6,100 parking spaces have vanished from city streets since last year.

The city says they’ve been ”repurposed.” Drivers have a different phrase: they were stolen.

According to a Department of Transportation analysis done for The Post:

  •  2,000 to 2,800 spots are gone for good.
  •  1,000 to 1,500 were removed for part of the day, for instance during rush hours.
  •  About 4,000 spaces have been turned into delivery zones for trucks or commercial parking.

Turning the space you've been storing your Hyundai into a delivery zone isn't stealing that space, it's reclaiming it:

The city says it has added between 1,800 and 2,200 parking spots in 2018 and 2019 — the net loss is still 6,100  — and that the city total inventory of parking spaces is about 3 million.

Uh-oh, only 2,993,900 more parking spaces left!

War on cars indeed.