Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 13th, 2019: The Ice Cometh

The sun is back, but it's cold...

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 35. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Sunrise 6:40am

Sunset 4:40pm

...cold enough that you're going to have to start watching for ice in the mornings.

Not to mention hardware in the bike lane:

As if you didn't have enough to worry about:

The crash occurred on a dangerous stretch of Greenpoint Avenue just south of the Long Island Expressway. Cyclists have long complained about the northbound stretch of Greenpoint between the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge and the LIE because drivers often speed on the narrow roadway, which widens near Calvary Cemetery to accommodate two lanes of cars — with a painted bike lane in between them.

And yes, tabloid readers are allowed to feel compassion for the victim because he was wearing a helmet:

The biker, who is wearing a helmet, continues to howl in agony as the other person tells him not to move and that he is calling 911.

Yet the driver hit the cyclist anyway, go figure.

Of course these are just the incidents that get caught on video.  Who's do say how many crashes go unaccounted for because the NYPD didn't want to write them up?

In any case you can add this stretch of road to the many that need to be reworked under the Streets Master Plan--along with most of Staten Island:

Staten Island

While it’s likely that the majority of those 250 miles will be installed in other boroughs, members of the local cycling community believe there are numerous locations on Staten Island that would benefit greatly from the installation of protected bike lanes.

Though this post would have it that New Yorkers aren't interested in bike lanes at all:

Those who search for homes on Localize.city can filter through listings not just by neighborhoods but based on their actual priorities, including things like having a sunny home, being close to a dog run, or living in a highly rated school district. The platform’s data analysts reviewed more than 500,000 searches and found that just 13 percent of users sought homes in “bike-friendly” areas with infrastructure to support two wheelers. If you break that down into renters versus buyers, 11 percent and 18 percent, respectively, searched for homes in bike-friendly neighborhoods.

Of those who selected a preference for a mode of transportation, biking came in last at a mere 2 percent of users. Public transit dominated with 71 percent of searchers, followed by cars at 17 percent and walking at 11 percent. Regardless of whether users aimed to rent or buy, biking to work was a similarly low priority. To put that into perspective, just over 7 percent of New York’s households are millionaires, meaning you are three times as likely to bump into a millionaire on the street than you are to a bike commuter.

Drawing such a conclusion from home searches conducted on a single website seems like a bit of a stretch.

Plus, while you may be more likely to bump into a millionaire, anybody who's ever been to a community board meeting knows you're a thousand times more likely to be almost hit by a cyclist.

Alas, what the post fails to mention is that sharrows are the Juliet balcony of infrastructure.

But while it's debatable how much money homebuyers are willing to shell out for bike lanes, it's quite clear the Trump Administration isn't willing to spend any money on bike infrastructure at all:

In communities across America looking to fund new projects they're now slightly more likely to get a runway than a bike lane.