November 10th, 2017: Your Weekend Forecast

Uh-oh, look at that, it's going to be genuinely cold:

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Not only that, but windy too:

Friday Sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Friday Night Clear, with a low around 23. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. Northwest wind 11 to 17 mph.

Sunrise: 6:37am

Sunset: 4:42pm

You'll really feel that in spots like the Hudson River Greenway bike path, but fortunately you've got those jersey barriers to block the gusts:

As for the weekend, it will start out cold and then get slightly less cold:

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And according to the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast, this means you should be drinking...

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...Black Chocolate Stout!

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Something about the first truly chilly days of the year always seems that much more cutting. We’re recommending Black Chocolate Stout to beat back the cold with vigor. Our legendary imperial stout unleashes waves of rich dark chocolate and a warming hint of booze sure to chase away any lingering shivers. Just be sure to plan ahead—at 10% ABV, this is definitely one for the end of the ride.

I think I can handle that.

Taking a look at the roads, the Grand Street Bridge will be closed through to Monday evening:

Also weekday Carroll Street Bridge closures starting tomorrow:

And be sure to respect enhanced crossings:

Just one quibble, which is that even if you make eye contact you should still assume the driver doesn't see you.  Motorists have a way of looking right through you, and even when they do see you they often assume you're going to stop for them even if you have the right of way, because they think that's the natural order of things.

And finally, when people actively working against both their own best interests and those of the community at large team up with the local TV news there's absolutely nothing they can't do:

Yes, via Streetsblog, meet the parents who don't want a bike lane in front of their school and the reporter who's coming to their rescue:

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"Angry parents here in Bayside, Queens don't want bike lanes just outside their children's school  So they reached out to us on Facebook--we're making it happen."

She's like the waiter on the Hindenburg who saw the guy in the top hat about to chuck his lit cigar into the ventilation shaft and said, "Oh no, please sir, allow me."

I can't wait until their next story: 

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Next week on PIX 11: "It's Raining Babies!"  Angry parents don't want window guards in their toddlers' bedrooms, so they reached out to us on Facebook and we're making it happen!

Of course like all people who hate bike lanes, these people are quick to tell you they love bike lanes--just not these bike lanes:

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"These Queens parents say they believe in bike lanes, and many of them use them--but not when they're directly in front of their children's school."

And that's exactly the problem.  If more parents took their kids to school by bike instead of driving four minutes and double-parking in front of the entrance then school drop-offs wouldn't be the nightmare they are now.  It's like active troop deployment, which is why people use military terminology when speaking about it:

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"It's not a matter of if it will happen, it's a matter of when it will happen, that there will be a casualty here."

Wait a minute, are you for the bike lane or against it?

Then there's this guy, who gets about half a second in:

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"I think this is silly--"

You said it, pops.

But at the center of it all is Edna Harris, who is that most formidable enemy of common sense in urban planning--a "concerned grandmother:"

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"I'm angry because the city does things and they don't ask."

Come on, it's a matter of public safety, not finishing the Wheat Thins.

And here are the parents showing the reporter where two-wheeled death will soon rain down upon them in a velocipedal blitzkrieg the likes of which we have never seen:

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You know, because no other school in the city has a bike lane in front of it:

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"It's the only school that would have a bike lane in front of it--"

Except that it's obviously not, as Streetsblog points out.

You know what's really dangerous though?  Putting a motor vehicle lane in front of a school:

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How's PIX11 doing on that?