***The Bike Forecast Will Be Off For Memorial Day, See You Back Here On Tuesday!***
Friday Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light north after midnight.
And the holiday weekend weather should be ideal for pretty much any plans you may have, unless those plans are to hole up inside:
As for the Brooklyn Brewery Holiday Weekend Beer Forecast, the official selection is...
True to New York City tradition, it seems like we’ve skipped directly from rainy spring to balmy summer. Welcome the sunshine with Brooklyn Summer Ale, our warm-weather adventure companion of choice. We recommend enjoying it outside, but don’t forget your sunscreen while you’re out there—we wouldn’t want you to miss the start of the season with a sunburn.
And if you do forget your sunscreen, you could always use some Black Chocolate Stout if you've got any left over, it's got an SPF of 50 and in a pinch you can even use it to seal tubeless tires.
Unsurprisingly, now that the weather has turned in our favor Citi Bike just keeps breaking records:
NEWS: Yesterday, riders crushed our previous daily ridership record by completing 81,964 trips in a single day! 🎉— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) May 23, 2019
It’s been a big week for Citi Bike, and thanks to you, our pedals aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Now, who's ready for 90,000? 😉 pic.twitter.com/nxdYmRDr71
And the DOT are getting to work on 8th Ave. in Manhattan...
In the coming weeks we will begin pedestrian & #bikenyc safety improvements along 8th Ave from W 56th St to Columbus Circle. This #VisionZero project will:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 23, 2019
🚲Add bicycle lanes
🚶♂️Shorten pedestrian crossings pic.twitter.com/frAYWVwRJC
And 4th Ave. in Brooklyn...
Safety improvements are underway along 4th Ave in Brooklyn.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 23, 2019
📷: This week crews are installing lane assignment markings, and will soon be adding new parking protected #bikenyc lanes & offset crossings between 1st & 15th Sts. #BikeMonth pic.twitter.com/cENcona5az
And of course 2nd Ave. in Manhattan by the Queensboro Bridge:
The new concrete island is taking shape on 2nd Ave near the #QueensboroBridge entrance. Updated #bikenyc markings are being installed in the area today. More to come for this location, including a new signal at the island. #BikeMonth pic.twitter.com/DPyEABbZjg— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 22, 2019
After the weekend, join this celebrity panel discussion to discuss the responsibilities of the NYC Bike Mayor!
Join us next Tuesday night, 5/28, for a conversation between Bike Mayor Blue Ribbon Panelists, Camille Raneem (@KweenKargo), Shabazz Stewart (@ooneepod) Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) and Hindy Schachter (@NYC_SafeStreets). moderated by journalist and good-idea-haver @DaveCoIon.— Ellen McDermott (@HeyNell) May 23, 2019
Owing to the illegal parking epidemic in this town, our Bike Mayor should have a tank license, and, due to budgetary constrains, a tank:
But that's a given.
If you're planning on any cycling excursions this weekend, you can go to the Farmer's Market in Tarrytown in get free money:
I love it when a plan comes together... Bike Bucks stamped and ready!— Bike Tarrytown (@BikeTarrytown) May 23, 2019
Bike to TaSH farmers market this Saturday and/or next and get $1! #Tarrytown #SleepyHollowNY #BikeMonth
Thanks to our sponsor, @HudsonRiverEyes! pic.twitter.com/8HcE1L3c8O
Stuff a few disguises in your panniers and you've just paid for your beer.
Meanwhile, across the Hudson, newly-legal scooters are destroying Hoboken:
HOBOKEN NEEDS TO GET RID OF THESE SCOOTERS ASAP pic.twitter.com/soUoOpDjCY— Ricky Gonzalez (@rickygonzalez0) May 22, 2019
Get rid of them? Why?!? That looks awesome.
And hey, he was wearing a helmet, so that makes everything okay.
In enforcement news, the NYPD is trapped in a maddening cycle of confiscating ebikes and having to chase other people who steal ebikes:
Help us return this stolen #Emojo electric bicycle to it owner. On April 26, 2019 at approx 9:30 pm, unk suspect did remove pictured bike that was locked outside of 313 Park Place in #ProspectHeights. Call #800577TIPS or https://t.co/accblF1lYS #BikeNYC #CrownHeights #NYC #NYPD pic.twitter.com/1y9GhgKhKO— NYPD 77th Precinct (@NYPD77Pct) May 22, 2019
If only the mayor would tell them to stop doing the former then they could focus on the latter.
By the way, from the looks of the tweet, they changed "punk" to "suspect" but only deleted the "p:"
Or maybe the suspect was drunk.
Speaking of misplaced enforcement, what could anybody possibly have to gain from double-ticketing an 18 year-old who's riding to school?
That's just ridiculous.
And finally, the Brooklyn Eagle takes a look at this year's spate of cycling deaths in southern Brooklyn:
Councilmember Antonio Reynoso has proposed limiting the back and forth between community boards and DOT to expedite the bike lane approval process.
“We know the money’s in the budget for the construction of new bike safety and pedestrian safety upgrades and infrastructure,” Reynoso said. “So our problem is that the DOT is extending the process by returning to the community boards.”
If only the mayor would too.