Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 12th, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

The clouds remain today:

Friday Weather

Friday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Southeast wind 9 to 16 mph.

Friday Night Showers, mainly after 10pm. Low around 56. South wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:22am

Sunset: 7:32pm

And the rain is threatening to take over the weekend:

Weekend

Therefore, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

Brooklyn Brewery

...Brooklyn Defender IPA!

Brooklyn Defender

With a pitched battle between sun and rain ahead, we’re recommending Brooklyn Defender IPA to lend a hand. Our heroically hopped golden IPA packs plenty of bright tropical notes to make you forget the drizzle, and the approachable 5.5% ABV makes it possible to have a beer and still squeeze in a surprise ride when the sun peeks out.

Who needs umbrellas when there's beer?

Precipitation notwithstanding, spring is here, and if you could use a refresher course be sure to RSVP:

But nobody needs a refresher course more than drivers, and yesterday the NYPD began a campaign to educate drivers about the dangers of left turns:

And ever since the infamous (and now deleted) "Love 'em or hate 'em" tweet their tweets about bicycles have been fairly benign:

Oh, wait:

Nothing destroys communities like drugs and bicycles.

Then again, you can't really blame the NYPD for what people complain about at those meetings, but you can go and complain about something else:

In infrastructure news, the Broadway Bridge will see intermittent closures on Saturday:

And the Williamsburg Bridge could have partial closures as well:

Speaking of bridges, you may have noticed the NYPD stationed at, well, all of them yesterday.  Here's why:

As a result, transit officials can’t remotely control the Big Apple’s 12,000-plus traffic lights, and many of the city’s traffic cameras and NYPD license-plate readers are down, sources said.

“This is a big screw-up, even for the de Blasio administration,” said a source familiar with the matter.

Well that's comforting.

Anyway, the upshot is that the NYPD were out scanning license plates by hand:

About 40 of NYPD’s license-plate readers have also been knocked out of service, sources said. The department says it has “hundreds” of readers.

As a stopgap measure, cops have been sent to those spots with vehicle-mounted readers that don’t rely on the broken network.

Though the silver lining was that they had fewer resources to devote to ticketing cyclists.

And if the fragile nature of our signal control system worries you, then won't want to read this:

Liciaga’s lawyers said crews were performing rail replacement work on the line, and did not properly barricade the area of the street where they were dumping debris.

“There was a 12-foot opening that looked like a travel lane,” said attorney Daniel O’Toole. “He goes into this area and the next thing he knows he wakes up in the hospital.”

As if riding under elevated tracks wasn't stressful enough.

Turning to policy, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso wants less parking preservation council community board involvement in bike lane projects:

Recently in Manhattan, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run on a street where the community board had rejected the removal of traffic lanes, leaving the road wide enough to encourage speeding, according to traffic experts. In Kensington, a pedestrian was struck by a driver on Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue, a roadway for which the community board rejected DOT safety upgrades earlier that week, citing concerns over a loss of parking spaces.

Though not everybody agrees.

“Let’s be honest, we’ve lived all these years without the bike lanes,” Fidler said. “If it takes an extra couple of months to include all the stakeholders in the process so that we get the best results, so that we put bike lanes where they belong, and when we do it we know that they’re going to be as safe as possible, it’s just another couple of months.”

Yeah, the problem is that too many people haven't lived all these years without the bike lanes, genius.

But of course the real problem with bike lanes is that the people who use them don't live in the neighborhood:

Scavo told the Eagle that not every neighborhood needed a bike lane and that the DOT should study their installation with that in mind. “The majority of the people on the bike path in this district on Ocean Parkway are not from this district. They’re coming from the north usually or from the south, but the people that are there are not really from Southern Brooklyn,” Scavo said.

A surprising number of people refuse to understand that the whole point of riding a bike is to go from one place to another.  By this logic the bike lane network should just be a series of non-connecting circles:

Circles


Finally, the local news really went to town with the Riverside Park incident, and there was a story on seemingly every network yesterday:

Funny how they show the speed bumps on the path but don't mention them, even after saying the path should have speed bumps.

None of this is to excuse the cyclist, who should be suspended from bikes for six months, or to dispute the need to ride slowly in shared spaces, but when it comes to running down kids it's important to maintain perspective:

Someone should ask Theresa Scavo if the driver was from that district.