Tuesday A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 53. North wind 7 to 9 mph.
Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
So far it's been a rather damp Bike to Work Week:
Today marks the start of Bike to Work Week, which is meant to celebrate biking as an essential part of the city's culture.— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) May 13, 2019
Do you bike? Will you join in on Bike to Work Day on Friday? pic.twitter.com/fdTozFnFPg
While the NY1 team may argue that's a deterrent, it's not like you stay any drier in the subway. Also, the city's disregard for its own bike infrastructure is arguably far more discouraging for new riders:
hold my coffee... here is yesterday's @NYC_DOT staffer arguing with me that it ok to park in the Kent Ave #bikenyc lane & eat lunch & watch a basketball game AFTER doing a safety study. he said i was timid for not wanting to vear into oncoming traffic. #visionzero pic.twitter.com/ODL3BSOpQx— noel hidalgo 🌹 (@noneck) May 12, 2019
And then there's 2nd Ave:
This is the current state of the Second Avenue bike lane, supposedly the major safe north-south artery for New York bikers @NYC_DOT. Unpaved, no lane lines, blocked by a dumpster. Awesome. #bikenyc pic.twitter.com/bLl0kLl5ZU— Avi Asher-Schapiro (@AASchapiro) May 13, 2019
Of course, once the sun returns it will start to heat up, and then sweat also becomes a concern. And while ebikes can be a great help in that regard, Citi Bike's pedal-assist fleet is offline at least until the fall:
Update regarding pedal-assist bikes:— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) May 13, 2019
We expect pedal-assist bikes will return to the Citi Bike system this fall and are hard at work designing an improved model that we know our riders will love. Rider safety always comes first and we look forward to continuing to serve NYC.
In other words, it's analog only for peak perspiration season.
Meanwhile, the city continues to crack down on delivery people riding ebikes, ostensibly because the ride dangerously--and of course, as our mayor has pointed out, drivers rarely go against traffic:
Even "windshield perspetive" doesn't explain the mayor's takes, since clearly if he were to look out of his own he'd see he's committing all the infractions he attributes to ebike riders.
Then again his protection detail have given him the code name "Eagle," so maybe when he's in transit they keep him hooded like a bird of prey.
Finally, speaking of ebikes, not only could they get more Americans on bikes, but they could also be just what the American bicycle industry needs:
E-bike sales are booming while regular bikes aren't doing to hot. Trek says its the company's fastest growing segment. https://t.co/9ice3X2OaD— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 13, 2019
In fact, while standard bicycle sales have remained stagnant for the past three years, e-bike sales were up 79% in 2018, according to the market research firm NPD Group which also said that U.S. e-bike sales are eight times as great as they were in 2014.
Though in turn the American bicycle industry needs to fight for better infrastructure:
While an increasing number of cities have invested in their bike path infrastructure over the years, Burke, who inherited the 45-year-old company from his father, says the U.S. has a long way to go before becoming a "bicycle-friendly nation."
“If you want to see a bicycle-friendly country, go to Denmark. If you want to see a bicycle-friendly country, go to Holland,” Burke said. He says that cities in the U.S. like Boulder, Colorado, and Madison, Wisconsin, are some of the best cycling-friendly cities in the country, “but cities in Europe are still way ahead of the United States.”
The self-proclaimed optimist said that he thinks bikes are a pivotal player in the future of transportation, but that more advocacy needs to be done on behalf of the industry to get more government support to build biking areas on public roads or on public land.
At a certain point a bicycle is only as good as the infrastructure on which you ride it.