Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 5th, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

Chilly and possibly rainy today:

Friday Weather

Friday Light rain, mainly after 1pm. High near 45. East wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night Rain, mainly before 1am. Temperature rising to around 46 by 4am. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:33am

Sunset: 7:25pm

But the sun should be back with us by Sunday...for awhile anyway:

Weekend Weather

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

Brooklyn Brewery

Summer Ale!

Summer Ale

With some milder temperatures ahead, we’re recommending Brooklyn Summer Ale this weekend. We know it seems early, but with baseball season underway and more than enough damp, dreary weather behind us, we’re using our sunny pale ale to give the weather a helpful push in the warmer direction. Crack one open and start planning ahead.

Because summer is a state of mind.

The NYPD reminds you to use the bike lanes:

Unless they're using the bike lanes to ticket cyclists, of course:

And don't think they won't use the sidewalk to chase you down in an unmarked car:

Hey, why use a fly swatter when you can use a bazooka?

In the Bronx, Baychester Avenue is getting a bike lane:

Though it looks like it will be a "conventional" one:

Proposed

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The word they're looking for is "obsolete."

This is like calling a VCR a "conventional streaming device."  

And in Brooklyn, the DOT is proposing protected bike lanes in Bay Ridge:

As one longtime resident of Bay Ridge noted at the meeting, change is in the air for a neighborhood that has its own Twitter account devoted to documenting the area’s unsafe driving.

“It’s a great thing for Bay Ridge,” John Murphy said about the increased interest in cycling in the neighborhood. “If you build it, it will be used. I’m winding down my career, hopefully, as a senior hipster, I’ll be using the bike lanes even more. It’s just a great thing.”

This is good news, but we need less "proposing" and more "informing."

The DOT really should update its lexical toolbox.

Still, change is awheel, and even Staten Island is moving towards island-wide bike share:

Staten Island

Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) announced Wednesday that the Department of Transportation (DOT) intends to expand the pilot program to encompass the entire borough in order to better assess the dockless model in a larger geographic area with an expanded fleet of bikes.

“This is about making certain that South Shore residents have an opportunity to test out these bikes as part of the pilot program. Users will be able to gauge the usefulness of the bikes and to experiment with a different mode of transportation to make short trips into town or to public transit hubs without having to worry about parking the car,” said Borelli.

Finally, speaking of parking:

The idea of the open road evokes these intertwined meanings: The freedom to use it should be free. Residential street parking should be free. Traffic lanes should be free. Stretches of public curb dedicated to private driveways? Those should be free, too.

In other ways, the government has heavily subsidized driving, or hidden the reality of who pays for it in places no one sees. Local laws require off-street parking from businesses and housing developers, who pass on the construction cost of it to tenants and customers who may not drive at all.