Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 17th, 2019: Yuba You Better You Bet

Here come some high winds to blow that rain out of here:

Thursday Weather

Thursday A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Windy, with a west wind 24 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunrise 7:09am

Sunset 6:13pm

With gusts of up to 30mph bridge crossings could be disconcerting, and you'll probably want to avoid the West Side Greenway...though you could get lucky and catch a tailwind, in which case you might cut your commute time in half.

Citi Bike is finally coming to the Bronx:

And Manhattan is in the grip of Bus Fever...catch it!

Remember how the 14th St. busway was going to cause a traffic nightmare on the side strees?  Well, that didn't happen:

But that's not stopping Arthur Schwartz:

He's got hutzpah by the Yubaful.


Wait a minute...maybe she's furious at the plan because someone parked a Yuba in front of their house.

Now that changes everything.

In Queens, elected officials are calling for protected bike lanes and other safety improvements on Cross Bay Boulevard:

In an Oct. 15 letter to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, City Council Member Eric Ulrich, State Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato write that Broad Channel residents have long called for safety improvements along Cross Bay Boulevard — the main thoroughfare that connects mainland Queens to the Rockaways.

"This particular area in Broad Channel has long been a hotspot for speeding, and it is crucial DOT take the appropriate steps to keep cyclists, pedestrians and motorists safe," the letter says.

And local press is catching on:

Advocates and elected officials criticized the street’s design following the tragedy. The boulevard is “terrifying” to ride on — even though it provides a critical link to the Rockaways, according to Laura Shepard, a Queens resident and advocate at Bike NYC. Cross Bay currently features typical “class II” painted bike lanes, with no separation from passing vehicles on a wide, four-lane artery.

Safe streets proponents have been calling for better bike access for years.

“Traffic on Cross Bay is really fast and when you’re on the class II lane, you do feel good that there is a space allocated for you,” said Shepard. “But you’re watching out for car doors. You kind of always have to watch and listen to what’s going on behind you to make sure the cars are staying in their lane.”

Finally, here's more on the recent crash on the Hudson River Greenway detour through Riverside Park:

West Side Rag

“I came upon this scene on the RSP detour about 4:30 this afternoon. A cyclist going south and descending from 79th Street hit a woman who was walking with other women across the bike path from the Boat Basin Cafe towards the tunnel leading to the parking garage. The cyclist told me he did all he could to avoid hitting anyone and braked so hard that he went over the handlebars. The women readily acknowledged that it was not his fault and that they had no idea they were crossing a bike path. Witnesses concurred that there was nothing more the cyclist could have done. An ambulance was called but it spent untold minutes at the top of the traffic circle, unsure of where to go next.  I helped direct them down. The woman who was struck was conscious but apparently had at least an injured shoulder, perhaps more. I left after the ambulance arrived.”

More dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.

Sounds like a real lose-lose.