Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

May 13th, 2019: Keeping It Proportional

So basically it just rains now:

Monday Weather

Monday Rain, mainly after 10am. High near 51. Northeast wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night Showers, mainly before 2am. Low around 45. North wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 5:41am

Sunset: 8:04pm

Looks like the earlier you head out today the better.

Watch out for ticketing as always, but at least on the Upper West Side the 20th precinct is trying to "keep it proportional:"

Yes, few "problems" get more blown out of proportion than lawbreaking cyclists:

But you already new that:

A new study from the Danish Road Directorate shows that less than 5% of cyclists break traffic laws while riding yet 66% of motorists do so when driving. The Danish Cycling Embassy, a privately-funded NGO, puts this down to visibility: law breaking by cyclists is “easy to notice for everyone” but transgressions by motorists, such as speeding, are harder to spot.

The Peter Walker video mentioned in the article is also well worth watching while you're at it.

But sure, when you give cars all the space and then cram everyone else into the margins then pedestrian/cyclist conflict is inevitable:

Speaking of crowded bridges, the latest issue of the Queens Gazette contains a strong contender for Letter Of The Week:

And it's from a reader who counts bike traffic and pedestrian traffic while driving over the Queensboro Bridge and concluded that at most "a few dozen people an hour" are using it:

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s idea of converting the south outer roadway of the Queensboro Bridge to a runners/walkers pathway is just the latest example of his pandering to a vocal minority.

When I drive across the bridge to Manhattan, I use the lower roadway and count the number of bikers and pedestrians using the north outer lane. There are very few. And that’s in the nice weather! In the winter or a rainy day the roadway is virtually deserted. This has been the case since the lane was converted to bicycle/pedestrian use nearly 20 years ago. There may be more bike riders in general now, but they surely are not on the bridge. Moving a few dozen people an hour over the bridge is not an efficient use of the roadway.

Yeah, it's 5,000 bike trips a day, and that's not including all the pedestrians, but who's counting?  (That's a figure of speech, obviously the DOT and TransAlt are counting.)

Though the aforementioned letter has some stiff competition in the form of this one to the Daily News:

If your reaction to not killing somebody is wanting to kill them that doesn't necessarily make you a killer, but it does mean you may have what it takes to become one.

Meanwhile, in Copenhagen 4 year-olds are riding their own bikes to school:

Copenhagen, Denmark

Our eldest son, since he was 4, commutes to his school (4 kilometers one way) on his own bike through the city center. We parents of course assist him while cycling along with our youngest on the back in a child seat. Cycling culture is big and infrastructure is well developed. Everyone feels safe and we as a family find it the fastest and most convenient way to get around the city (door-to-door benefits). Children get their daily dose of exercising and are not afraid of “bad” weather.

We don't have a car because there is no real need for it.

Meanwhile, we're afraid to put bike lanes near schools.

Must be nice.