Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 4th, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

Today the clouds depart, leaving us with sun and seasonally appropriate temperatures:

Friday Weather

Friday A 20 percent chance of rain before 9am. Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 66. Breezy, with a north wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Friday Night Clear, with a low around 46. North wind 13 to 16 mph.

Sunrise 6:55am

Sunset 6:34pm

These conditions should persist for most of the weekend, though clouds start returning Sunday:

Weekend Weather

So the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

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...Brooklyn Oktoberfest!

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

With a definite autumnal turn after this week’s wild temperatures, we’re recommending our Brooklyn Oktoberfest this weekend. Welcome fall (we hope) with the mellow toast of our traditional märzen lager, perfect for any occasion in or outdoors. Lederhosen isn’t required, but if you have it, when else are you going to wear it?

Note upcoming Pulaski Bridge lane closures that will affect the bike path:

Out on the streets, yesterday the 14th Street busway went into effect:

And if you're looking for someone to call it a disaster and then jarringly shift the theme to bikes like a driver who forgot to depress the clutch pedal, here you go:

Who benefits? The greatest, perhaps the only beneficiary of the 14th Street busway appears be the bike lobby.

Though there is not a single mention of bikes or bike lanes relating to the busways on the NYC.gov website, Bloomberg reported Sunday that the plan would create “a corridor of express buses, wide bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly walkways” and referred to the project as a “bike-friendly experiment.”

Also, somehow this is bad for pedestrians:

Meanwhile, the biggest losers will be pedestrians, who will have to contend with the consequences of turning one of the city’s most traveled cross streets into yet another lawless leg of cyclists’ inter-borough racetrack.

Oddly, there's barely any mention of bus riders.

This is unsurprising.  While drivers are always blaming cyclists for "coming out of nowhere," nobody's more invisible to the media than bus passengers:

Instead, we hear from motorists forced to *gasp* walk from their cars to their offices:

“It’s a big inconvenience,” said Richard Small, a New Jersey commuter who will now have to drive five blocks out of his way to get to work on 14th Street. “I think it’s extreme and there should be a compromise. Everybody pays taxes — not just the people in the buses.”

Uh, this is the compromise, Richard.

The busway is also bad news for the many, many people who drive to liquor stores on 14th St. between the hours of 6am and 10pm and expect to be able to park right out front:

Ray Raddy, the manager of Crossroads Wine & Spirits, said he worried that some customers would find it easier to buy their wine at a store where they can drive right up and park outside. “If I’m a customer and I’m not comfortable coming here,” he said, “I’ll go somewhere else.”

Though even the Times couldn't let that one go:

Unsurprisingly, the city did not fall apart:

Buses moved faster:

In fact it inspired adjectives you don't normally associate with buses:

And while there was traffic on the adjacent streets...

...that's not necessarily anything new:

Nor was it the situation in all cases:

Other critics of the busway had predicted that side streets would become inundated with cars, as drivers found routes around the car-free transit route. But on Thursday, it was all quiet on the side street front. Streetsblog walked on 12th Street from Avenue C to Broadway and encountered only a minor back-up caused by a cabbie who blocked the roadway between Third and Fourth avenues for several minutes — but thanks to the bike lane, drivers could merely pull around the cabbie.

Maybe that 13 St. backup was caused by Arthur Schwartz's double-parked Yuba.