Friday A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. South wind 7 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers between 7pm and 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. West wind 8 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
But never mind all that--get a load of the weekend!
Make the most of it by heeding the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast, which calls for...
Leave the rain and chill of the week behind with some warm, sunny days and Brooklyn Summer Ale to go along with your outdoor activities. Our bright, sunny pale ale pairs perfectly with the finish lines of long rides, blue skies, and finally feeling like warm weather is here in a more consistent way. Just be sure to leave some for Sunday night—there’s some chilly rain that you might need to fend off.
Tomorrow you can also join a group ride to everybody's favorite cycling destination, JFK Airport:
#bikenyc Friends in New York! I'm hosting a social ride to the new @TWAhotel @JFKairport on Saturday May 18th. Weather is looking good. If you're aching for some miles. Please visit the Facebook event and RSVP today. https://t.co/KZJGTdFeav— Daniel A Solow (@Daniel_A_Solow) May 13, 2019
Join TA Queens as we travel south to explore the reopened TWA Hotel and have a drink aboard the "Connie", a Lockheed Constellation airplane. The opening event will be on Wednesday May 15th so we'll ride over on the weekend. We'll start our ride from Kissena Corridor Park (Main Street / Elder Avenue) and head south and pass by Baisley Pond Park of Southeast Queens. We'll have lunch by the JFK food court and board the airtrain from Lefferts Boulevard to get to the hotel and bar.
Please note that you are responsible for bringing a lock to secure your bike while taking the airtrain to the hotel.
Or search for treasure at the Brooklyn Bike Jumble:
As for Sunday, unless you're actually riding in the Gran Fondo New York, you'll want to stay on this side of the GWB, and many of the most popular routes will be closed:
Gran Fondo is this Sunday,5/19/19. 9W North closed from 7am to 6pm @ Closter Dock Rd to cars, trucks, buses & non-event cyclists. @granfondony— Alpine Police (@AlpinePoliceNJ) May 13, 2019
Meanwhile, it looks like he's going through with it:
Just watched the de Blasio campaign video. It's way too early in the morning for this much irony... pic.twitter.com/rNNNT7FH23— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) May 16, 2019
Using delivery cyclists to illustrate your commitment to working people is like touting your commitment to the environment while riding around the city in the back of a...
It's also hard not to worry that our mayor is more focussed on the number of likes his campaign video is getting than he is on the horrific 2019 cyclist death toll, which includes a 16 year-old boy who was doored to death:
On Wednesday evening, the driver of a car parked on 17th Avenue, near 53rd Street in Borough Park, opened the door as 16-year-old Yisroel Schwartz was riding toward it around 5:30 p.m. According to police, Schwartz swerved out of the way, but not far enough: The door knocked him off his bike and into the path of an oncoming van. The van's driver did not stop in time to avoid hitting Schwartz, who was subsequently pronounced dead at Maimonides Hospital.
And which is the inevitable result of an inadequate and disjointed bike network:
In a statement, Transportation Alternatives Senior Director of Advocacy Thomas DeVito pointed to that figure as proof that the mayor's Vision Zero plan to end traffic injuries and fatalities "is in a state of emergency."
"It is abundantly clear that the scattershot, one-off approach to Vision Zero has reached a point of diminishing returns, and New Yorkers are dying as a result," DeVito said. He called for a "new" and more expedient approach to infrastructural redesigns that do not prioritize drivers, but instead make streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians with "a complete network of protected bike lanes," improved lighting on corners, and more aggressive policing of the kinds of reckless driving practices at play in Wednesday's fatality.
As well as rampant driver recklessness:
Today you will wake up, bathe, get dressed, pack a bag, lube your chain, top off your tires, and head out on your bike--and yet invariably at some point during your ride a motorist will think that you "came out of nowhere."— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) May 16, 2019
Even so, despite the terrible news stories and the blocked bike lanes, riding in the city is always inspiring:
And yes, you are being counted:
Yes, this temporary device is counting cyclists.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 16, 2019
So get out there and make every ride count.