Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 21st, 2018: Your Weekend (And Holiday!) Forecast

***Please note that after today the Bike Forecast will be off until Wednesday, January 2nd.  Happy Holidays!***

Looks like we're heading into the holidays under a deluge:

Friday Weather

Friday Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog. Steady temperature around 58. Windy, with a south wind 21 to 26 mph decreasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Friday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then showers likely. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog. Low around 47. South wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunrise: 7:17am

Sunset: 4:32pm

Fortunately we should dry out for the weekend, though the temperature will drop rather precipitously one the rain leaves:

Weekend Weather

As for holiday cheer, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast has you covered:

Brooklyn

First you'll want to start this weekend off with some Winter Lager:

Winter Lager

With the holiday season reaching its endgame and plenty of cold nights ahead, we’re recommending our Winter Lager for the days ahead. It’s rich and hearty enough to taste like a treat, but finishes dry and refreshing to keep your caroling on-key. Travel safe, and enjoy.

 

And then you'll want to finish off 2018 with some Black Ops:

Black Ops

For your year-end needs, we’re recommending our Black Ops. This regal barrel-aged imperial stout features intense notes of dark chocolate, oak, coffee, and roasted malt, and features a festively pop-able cork. To make it a real party, we recommend making it a float with vanilla or mocha ice cream. Trust us, it’s the perfect start to the New Year.

 

I'm sort of intrigued by the float idea, though maybe not enough to try it.

 

In the meantime, it's a Gridlock Alert Day:

Though Corey Johnson wants to go one better:

And if you're looking for a last-minute gift idea here you go:

By the way, the most popular route in the Citi Bike system is apparently...Broadway and E. 22nd Street to Broadway and E. 17th Street?

That's a suspiciously short trip.  It must be some Bike Angel moving the same bike back and forth for points.

In other shared-use mobility news, Israelis love scooters:

Though that was one condescending reporter.

And back home, cyclist fatalities are at an all-time low:

This year's major projects include the first-ever crosstown protected lane in midtown, along with new lanes on Broadway in the northern Bronx; Skillman/43rd Avenues in Sunnyside, Queens; 9th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn; and on Park Row connecting Chinatown and Lower Manhattan.

The spread of protected bike lanes—and the larger "safety in numbers" dynamic borne from a growing number of cyclists—also seems to be saving lives. This year, the city recorded an all-time low of 10 cyclist fatalities, down from 24 in 2017. The previous annual low for cyclist deaths was 12, during both 2009 and 2013.

Though 20 miles is a bit optimistic:

[UPDATE: Looks like DOT fudged the numbers. StreetsBlog reports that around five miles of the supposedly protected new bike network are marked only with green paint, and not separated from traffic at all. The city actually added only 16.05 miles of protected bike lanes this year, according to the outlet.]

And there are still pockets of resistance:

Of course, those improvement haven't come without some setbacks: Inwood's brand new crosstown lane might get ripped out to preserve the "culture" of double parking, NIMBY vigilantes are scattering thumb tacks across new paths in Sunnyside, and the NYPD continues to treat bike lanes as their own personal parking lots. But as far we know, the year passed without a single TV news reporter pointing at a bike lane and invoking the threat of terrorism. So, progress.

In fact the DOT still hasn't reinstalled the Dyckman bike lane in any form since repaving it this summer, and as of now it exists only on the NYC bike map:

Dyckman

Then there was this comment:

During a press conference on Thursday, the mayor addressed the recent spike in deaths, which he seemed to blame on the crash victims. “It’s related to the time of year in large measure—days being darker, cold weather, people are trying to move along and are bundled up and can’t see as much,” he said. “My message to all New Yorkers is to please keep special care on our streets this time of year.”

Nothing a few light sabers can't fix:

And of course drivers continue to use the bike network as a parking lot.  Here's the usual state of affairs on St. Nicholas Avenue around 145th Street:

St. Nick

Where a handmade placard and a PBA card grant you full parking privileges in the bike lane:

Fish

That's a fish restaurant, by the way--it doesn't mean the driver owns the fish who played Nemo in the movie.  And it's so famous even Martha Stewart paid a visit.  No word on whether or not she parked in the bike lane, though if she did I'm sure she wove a delightful homemade placard out of wicker and scented it with potpourri.