Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

March 5th, 2019: Hit or Miss

Clear and cold today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 31. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 19. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. Northwest wind 13 to 16 mph.

Sunrise: 6:24am

Sunset: 5:52pm

Conditions in the bike lanes yesterday were hit...

...or miss:

For example, heading downtown, the 170th Street protected bike lane in upper Manhattan was clear:


Yet the portion of the bike route along Edgecombe Avenue was not:


Interruptions such as these mean you've got to alter your calculus on the fly.  Additionally, any difficulty in getting around by bike yesterday was mitigated by the sun and warm temperatures, which meant in many cases you could simply ride through the slush.  Today however any snow left in the bike lanes and on the streets could have frozen overnight, and with a cold week ahead it could be awhile before you get all your cycling real estate back again.

So be cautious out there and leave extra time in case you need to change your route.

In Brooklyn yesterday, there were reports that the NYPD has been ticketing at the intersection where Aurilla Lawrence was killed:

And Austin Horse tweeted the following:

Though City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso denies the 90th Precinct engages in the practice of targeting cyclists after riders are killed:

And says he will follow up on the ticket:

Meanwhile, Gothamist covered Sunday's memorial ride, and a vigil took place last night:

"We are people that live our lives on bikes. A lot of people don't really understand what's that like," she said. "We're vulnerable...and there's so little justice served, it's like the law forgets about us."

A police spokesperson said Monday that there were no updates on the search for Lawrence's killer, who was believed to be driving a gas tank truck when he ran over her and drove off shortly before midnight on Thursday.

Finally, Lyft has filed for its IPO, and this may be the first time a stock offering of this scale has included so many mentions of bicycles:


Of course, the Internet provided some interesting insights that you may have overlooked in the prospectus.

For instance, the word “bike/bicycle” shows up 170 times, “scooter” 159 times, “autonomous” 109 times, “death” 26 times, and “American Dream” two times. 

Also noteworthy is that every time you ride a CitiBike, Amazon gets 14 cents:

We also learned that $0.14 goes to Amazon Web Services for every single ride you take. Lyft is contractually obligated to pay AWS at least $300 million by the end of 2021 for cloud-computing services.

Think about that next time you're circumventing a hand truck full of Amazon packages in the bike lane.