Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 22nd, 2019: Thinking Big, Feeling Green

Could be rainy today, so fender up:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday A 40 percent chance of light rain, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tuesday Night Rain, mainly between 9pm and 3am. Low around 53. East wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise 7:15am

Sunset 6:06pm

The DOT wants drivers to turn carefully:

Good illustration, but they left out the placarded vehicles parked in the pedestrian islands.

In Manhattan, University Place gets a bike corral:

And there will be intermittent closures of the Roosevelt Island Bridge later this week:

It shouldn't be a big deal, but of course this is America, so presidential candidate Andrew Yang is getting lots of attention for riding a bicycle:

This being America, Yang also engaged in the obligatory helmet-shaming:

Asked for comment, Yang’s campaign spokeswoman Hilary Kinney said, “Andrew often bikes to NYC interviews, events, and the campaign’s Manhattan headquarters. He enjoys taking his youngest son to school on the back of his bike, especially since his oldest son (age 7) has outgrown the child bike seat. Andrew and his wife Evelyn also enjoy biking together as a family. Andrew would definitely recommend that other candidates consider biking more, but only if they wear a helmet.”

The last comment is a clear ding on O’Rourke, who doesn’t wear one.

Though some are questioning Yang's bike cred:

Hey, it could be a bike room tag, you never know.

Regardless, you can expect bicycles, helmets, and repair tags to eclipse issues such as health care as the primaries draw near.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for City Hall says the bike lane on Queens Boulevard is "moving forward," though he wouldn't say when:

The safety improvements have been added between Roosevelt Ave. and Yellowstone Blvd., but work has ground to a halt on the project’s final phase, which would extend the bike lane and safety features to Union Turnpike.

“I was so delighted when Mayor de Blasio came forward with his Vision Zero plan,” said Lizi Rahman, whose son Asif was killed while riding his bike on Queens Blvd. in 2008. “But now we have come to a point where it seems like the mayor has abandoned us.”

City Hall spokesman Will Baskin-Gerwitz said the city is "moving forward with the redesign and working with the community. We’ve completed four miles of redesign on Queens Boulevard, driving fatalities to a record low, and will continue working through this last, most challenging section.” He didn’t provide a timeline for its completion.

We were promised a Green Wave, yet here we are still paddling around on our surfboards and watching the horizon.  And the shores of Staten Island remain virtually untouched:

The Ghost Bikes organization places a white bike -- also known as a "ghost bike" -- at the scene of the crash to remember the riders who tragically lost their lives.

Over the years, six such bikes have been dedicated for people who died on Staten Island.

These are their stories...

Of course there are some who say we need to think bigger:

For infrastructure projects, the larger you make it, the bigger the engineering and construction firms vying to get lucrative contracts, the more jobs are created, and bigger ribbon-cutting ceremonies politicians can go to. Expensive projects get media coverage, fire up the imagination, and grab hold of valuable mind share.

Our tweets and op-eds may vaunt the vital virtues of car-free mobility, but our infrastructure demands and budget sizes sadly do not. By lowballing our demands, we micromobilists are pitching ourselves as a niche, special-interest groupWe are tacitly agreeing that cars are and should be the dominant mode of transportation, making our near nonexistent position in the budgetary pecking order inevitable. We also leave billions on the table by doing little to go after state and federal transportation funds.

Sure.  We should demand bigger projects.  And perhaps we should use bigger vehicles with four wheels and motors while we're at it.  Then we'll finally get those billions.

Finally, this traffic agent has seen some things:

“I’ve seen cars jump on sidewalks, vehicles crash into buildings, bicycles hit by oncoming traffic, horrible accidents on the highway,” said Abrotsky, a married father of a daughter and stepdaughter. “I’ve had a good career … now I’m ready to hang out, (wake) up at 11 o’clock and eat Pop Tarts and fish sticks.”

Hmmm, it's almost like there's one particular type of conveyance behind all that mayhem...