Monday Sunny, with a high near 39. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph.
Monday Night Clear, with a low around 26. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Windy, with a northwest wind 17 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.
Like, really windy:
High Wind Watch now in effect for Sunday night through Monday. Winds could gust to 60 mph at times, especially Monday morning. In addition, the Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect tonight for Orange County as a light glaze of freezing rain is possible as rain moves in. pic.twitter.com/IShdLytkNW— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 23, 2019
Plan your route accordingly, and give yourself extra time for headwinds. (Unless you have a tailwind, in which case you'll arrive early.)
Of course you'll really feel those gusts on the bridges, and remember there could be partial closures this week on the Queensboro and Williamsburg Bridge bike paths:
#QueensboroBridge maintenance will require partial pedestrian/#BikeNYC path closure 2/25-3/1, 11AM-3PM. Pedestrians & cyclists are advised to proceed with caution. Cyclists may be required to dismount as they approach the work zone. pic.twitter.com/qgLYGhEKOF— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) February 20, 2019
#WilliamsburgBridge work will require single lane closures:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) February 20, 2019
2/24: Bk-bound outer roadway, 7AM-12PM
2/25-3/1: Bk-bound & Mn-bound outer roadway & Bk-bound inner roadway, 10AM-3PM
Partial pedestrian/#bikenyc path closures will be necessary, but the path will still be accessible pic.twitter.com/FeP53NgbZ9
Last week the mayor announced he'd take on parking placard reform, and by the looks of things the usual suspects are quaking in their boots:
NYPD placards parked in the bike lane within two blocks of City Hall, part 1 of x. February 22, 2019. pic.twitter.com/7njHbuGykC— Armenoush (@armenoush_nyc) February 22, 2019
Break the law on your bike you get tackled; park in the bike lane with a placard and the mayor promises to lease you a garage.
Heading uptown, the city has issued an RFP for waterfront parks in newly-rezoned Inwood, which would form part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway:
City issues RFP for waterfront parks— Manhattan Times (@ManhattanTimes) February 16, 2019
The city is wading into the early stages of Inwood’s rezoning with a $200 million Request for Proposal for the design of two new waterfront parks.
Read more: https://t.co/2VvANZ4cNz #RezoningInwood #InwoodNYC pic.twitter.com/hN5GmTLqPl
According to a statement from the NYCEDC, the city has committed $41 million for a two-acre waterfront park at Academy between 10th Avenue and the Harlem River, also known as the Sherman Creek Malecón (or esplanade).
The city will also invest $9 million to restore the North Cove, which is located just north of the University Heights Bridge.
Both areas will ultimately form a part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a 32-mile path for pedestrians and bike riders that encircles Manhattan.
Meanwhile, there's still no bike lane of any kind on Dyckman Street since it was scrubbed back in the summer of last year:
Speaking of bike lanes, you can now blame them for the bankruptcy of the Payless Shoes chain...
...at least according to one Forest Hills Post reader:
Drove to Tower Diner on Sunday, dropped friends off and went to park. Drove around for 25 minutes and would up parking near home – about 6 blocks away. Between the hydrants, oversized cars and the bike lanes, parking is non-existent. While driving around, I didn’t see even 1 person in the bike Lanes on either side of the Blvd. Bicyclists don’t pay NY for insurance, inspection, registration, gas tax, tolls or meters. These lanes have got to go.
Let's see: no parking headaches, no traffic, and no expenses? Sounds pretty good! You'd think they'd have talked themselves into riding a bike by the end of that comment.
Beyond the city, Newsday has a story about Long Island weirdos who don't drive:
Bicycling to work, however, remains a decidedly niche method on Long Island. While 6.5 percent of commuters rode bicycles in alternative-culture hub Portland, Oregon, according to 2017 Census estimates, only about a quarter of 1 percent of Long Islanders did.
In fact, Long Islanders use the railroad only slightly more than Portlanders use bikes:
Long Island commuting by the numbers:
Cars, trucks, vans: 81.9%
Work at home: 4%
Taxicab, motorcycle or other: 0.87%
They probably also account for roughly 75% of be-placarded vehicles in New York City bike lanes.
Finally, beyond New York, San Francisco has seen a precipitous drop in reported bike thefts:
Bicycle thefts drop in San Francisco by 25 percent— SF Examiner (@sfexaminer) February 20, 2019
via Joshua Sabatinihttps://t.co/uaZyfxm1R9
There were 537 bicycles reported stolen in San Francisco in 2018, a 25 percent decline from the 717 reported bicycle thefts in 2017, according to police. In 2016, there were 780 reported bike thefts with a value of about $1 million, the San Francisco Examiner previously reported.
As for why, it could be a combination of new policing efforts and the availability of bike share:
Wiedenmeier attributed the decline to the launch of neighborhood crime units at police stations, which the coalition supported last year to focus resources on combating bike theft along with other property crimes.
But he also suggested there may be another factor in play. Wiedenmeier said there has been a “significant explosion” in the use of rental bicycles through applications like Uber’s Jump and Lyft’s Ford GoBike.
A San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority spokesperson agreed that bike rentals are likely a factor.
Of course, bike share bikes can get stolen, too. Here's one that was apparently taken by Neptune:
Hey @CitiBikeNYC! I raced over to the rack by my house, hopeful to grab the one CitiBike that was there. It has literally just been fished out of the river. It is held together with rust and barnacles. 73rd and Riverside. 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/AgFrBJc1TV— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) February 23, 2019
Sadly it's no longer available:
Citi Bike spox says this bike was last rented in September of 2017. It has been removed from service. https://t.co/eGpE1vSd34— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) February 24, 2019
I'd have just assumed it was a marketing tie-in for the Aquaman movie.