Monday A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 11 to 13 mph.
The weather also cooperated for yesterday's Tour de Bronx:
With the marathon approaching this weekend be sure to check the status of your favorite Citi Bike station:
⚠️Station Alert: The Central Park West & W 68 Station is being temporarily deactivated today (10/28) in anticipation of the New York City Marathon. It will be reactivated on Monday, 11/5. Check app/map for available stations.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) October 28, 2018
And with the L train down this past weekend we got a preview of what's to come:
#LTrainShutdown again. M14A too slow. Cars/taxis using #BikeNYC lane on 12th as a driving/turning lane. 26(!) vehicles parked in the bike lane between 8th and Av B including 3 #USPS, a mobile heating trailer and of course 2 #NYPD @KeithPowersNYC @NYCSpeakerCoJo HELP PLZ! 🚳😡 pic.twitter.com/bLJOFHcVbO— 12stTales (@mossgazer) October 27, 2018
In the meantime, enjoy the last few days of [hashtag] Biketober:
#Biketober🍂 #bikenyc myths vs facts:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 26, 2018
🚲My bike will get stolen… FACT: While an unlocked wheel can be a target, a lock can prevent theft. Stolen bikes can be covered by renters insurance.
🚲I'll get sweaty... FACT: Biking takes half the energy of walking; ride in regular clothes pic.twitter.com/Fv9R6P4gID
All of those are indeed facts, but one you don't hear touted too much is that when drivers kill cyclists they don't get in much trouble:
Meanwhile, on the Upper East Side, the 19th Precinct is rolling out a Bicycle Safety Officer:
Meet the 19th Precincts newly established Bicycle Safety Officer! 🚴🏾♂️— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) October 25, 2018
Officer Tuohey will be patrolling #UpperEastSide bike lanes & streets, ensuring safe passage for pedestrians & cyclists. Where do you want to see him patrol? Let us know below, we’ll follow your suggestions! pic.twitter.com/No9InAZXMU
I'd start by riding up and down the 1st and 2nd Avenue bike lane and ticketing every driver that gets in your way.
In bicycle-adjacent conveyance news, Peter Flax explains why scooters are good for cyclists:
The practical benefits of an alliance with the companies that make and rent electric scooters—as well as with the people who ride them—could be enormous. Imagine the massive political and financial leverage scooter companies can exert to build new or improved bike lanes. Imagine the broad cultural impact of having millions of people who don’t ride bikes get on scooters and finally realize the importance of building safer streets—and maybe rethink their apathy or hostility toward cyclists.
All true. Also, let's face it: in a game of chicken were still going to win every time.
But Speck says walkability can actually work to make communities more equitable. According to his book, cities with more transit choice demonstrate less income inequality and less overspending on rent. Walkability opens up the world to the elderly, who often struggle to find transportation when they lose the ability to drive, and public transit is used most by minorities and those making under $50,000. Since transit and walking go hand in hand, improving the walkability of a city could help better serve those in lower income brackets.
And don't worry, our cities are so bad there's no way we have to worry about improved walkability and bike lanes causing gentrification:
“For the typical city where most Americans live, there’s very little risk of improved walkability causing gentrification,” he told Vox, “particularity in the short term, just because [cities] have so far to go just to reach a modicum of safety and comfort.”