Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 23rd, 2019: Something In The Way

The sun returns today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 65. West wind 11 to 14 mph.

Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 49. West wind 7 to 13 mph.

Sunrise 7:16am

Sunset 6:04pm

On the streets, the NYPD and the DOT are out hand-selling Vision Zero:

At this rate it's never going to scale.

In Bay Ridge, there will be a "bike lane adjustment" in the name of art:

The latest Citi Bike expansion workshop takes place tonight in the Bronx:

Bronx Community Board 1-- Wednesday, October 23

BronxWorks Betances Community Center (547 E 146th St)

Hopefully everyone doesn't get stuck on the subject of you-know-what like they did in Harlem on Monday:

“If parking spots come up and they take the spots, people are going to fight them because they already feel enough parking spaces have been taken from the community,” the board executive, Carolyn Thompson, told Streetsblog, without specifying where curbside had allegedly been reclaimed for public use. “So that would be problematic, because there’s such a scare amount of parking spots, people are going to scream and shout.” [It should be noted that Citi Bike reimburses the city for street parking.]

Imagine all we could accomplish if we didn't waste so much time talking about parking.

Speaking of parking, guess how everyone's going to get to the new Wegmans in the Brooklyn Navy Yard:

Though they do have bike parking too:

Presumably there wasn't any room to mention that on the flyer.

In Manhattan, the Union Square West bike lane was fully of NYPD scooters yesterday:

Presumably they wanted to be closer to the hot dogs.

Further uptown, the Columbus Circle bike lane is also a repository for NYPD vehicles:

And the 6th Ave. bike lane was simply full of glass:

Of course you never know when you're going to need the services of an officer of the law.  For example, let's say you're parking your Jaguar in the bike lane and one of those pesky cyclists gets in your way:

But hey, at least she had a good excuse:

Between the "panic attack" and the tickets perhaps she shouldn't be driving.

Bicycling talks to actor Michael Kelly, who rides a bike in New York City:

How often do you ride these days?

I ride every day. I ride everywhere I need to go, as long as it is below midtown New York. It is my main mode of transportation...

And finally, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at "How To Hack Your New York Commute," and one was is apparently to buy yourself a really tricked-out skateboard:

The 37-year-old rides in the bike lanes whenever possible between Greenpoint in Brooklyn and Soho in Manhattan. The commute takes exactly 20 minutes, he says, compared with 40 on the train.

And it’s economical. So far he has spent $3,280 on gear including $2,300 for his custom board, $870 for upgrades and fixes, $90 for a helmet and $20 for lights. That averages out to $126 a month, he notes, compared with $127 for a 30-day unlimited ride MetroCard.

I'm not sure that qualifies as "economical," but good for him anyway.

Hopping on a road bike and joining a paceline from the 'burbs is also not without its costs:

The cyclists debate whether their strategy saves money. An unlimited train pass between Ridgewood and New York Penn Station costs $298 a month, or $3,576 a year. But cycling costs can also add up. Members have spent anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000 for their bicycles. One spends $65 a month on a Manhattan gym membership so he can shower and change his clothes, plus $6 a day to park his bike in a garage. Some admit to spending more on a head-and-tail-light set than many people would spend on a bicycle.

But hey, it's cheaper than skateboarding.