Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 19th, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

We could have thunderstorms today:

Friday Weather

Friday Areas of drizzle before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 69. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 59. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:12am

Sunset: 7:39pm

And the weekend could very well be a washout:

Weekend Weather

Fortunately there's always beer to help you cope, and the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

Brooklyn Brewery

...Brooklyn Lager!

Brooklyn Lager

With April showers ahead this weekend, we’re recommending Brooklyn Lager to be your beer umbrella. Count on our smooth, dependable flagship to keep you company indoors, or to be your finish line prize for a muddy ride.

Out on the streets, the DOT will soon begin extending the 2nd Avenue bike lane to 60th Street:

Hopefully that all makes sense when it's installed.

If you're headed over the Williamsburg Bridge you could encounter partial closures on Saturday:

And the bike lane on the Addabbo Bridge in Queens could be getting some much-needed protection:

Addabbo

In its latest report about road projects statewide, the state Department of Transportation revealed it has begun a study of bike traffic on the bridge, a preliminary step to installing some type of protection.

The bike trip through Howard Beach and over the Addabbo Bridge is notorious among bike riders on their way to and from the Rockaways.

Of course if you're headed to Rockaway you're technically supposed to walk your bike over both the Cross Bay Bridge and the Marine Parkway Bridge but that's another matter.

Speaking of new bike lanes, Ydanis Rodriguez is introducing legislation that would require the DOT to add 100 miles of bike lanes annually:

Transportation chair Ydanis Rodriguez will introduce legislation requiring the Department of Transportation to add at least 100 new miles of protected bike lanes every year from 2020 through 2026.

If passed, the legislation would force the city to aggressively ramp up its bike lane construction; the DOT added about 20 miles of protected bike lanes last year.

Rodriguez said the bike lanes are needed more than ever with the ongoing expansion of the Citi Bike network, and proposals to allow electric scooters to use city streets.

That's not going to leave very much time for interminable community board presentations!

Guess they'll have to go.

As for scooters, they're still not legal, but by the time they are the tech companies should be able to deploy them with the push of a button:

The docking stations, designed by Arup and Boyce Technologies, could support up to 10,000 e-scooters and would be housed in parking lots, garages, gas stations, and other off-street locales, answering policymakers’ concerns about where such infrastructure could be incorporated onto the city’s already-crowded sidewalks. Users would be able to locate docking stations through a map on the Charge app, which would also identify available vehicles and their level of charge.

Though de Blasio is still sticking to the whole "e-bikes are dangerous" thing:

He's also got "plenty of evidence:"

Which he still hasn't shared, probably because there's plenty of evidence they aren't particularly dangerous:

According to the city’s NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions database, just 31 of the reported 45,775 motor vehicle collisions that resulted in injuries last year were caused by e-bikes. That’s roughly .07 percent. And e-bikes injured 32 people in all — or just .05 percent of the 61,939 injuries.

In all, 11,115 pedestrians were injured in 2018. Just nine of them were struck and hurt by an e-bike rider, the statistics show. Again, that is a tiny fraction of one percent.

And even when they do hurt someone, it's usually the rider:

The numbers are even more startling when you take out the injuries that e-bike riders caused to themselves. Twenty-three of the 32 injuries caused by e-bike riders were to the cyclist themselves. Drivers killed 121 pedestrians last year. Not a single pedestrian was killed by a cyclist — on an electric-powered bike or a regular bike. Zero.

Then again, this is the city where cyclists mysteriously fall into trucks:

Remember the "wind force?"

When it comes to truck drivers hitting cyclists, the only "wind force" is what comes out of the NYPD spokesperson afterwards.

Finally, here's another one from the mayor:

Maybe help set him straight on that one: