Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

June 18th, 2019: Car-Free* Bike Routes

Looks like rain today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 74. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. East wind around 6 mph.

Sunrise: 5:24am

Sunset: 8:30pm

But don't worry, because the rest of the week is going to be...oh, never mind:

Rest of Week

If you use the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge, note that there will be night work on it next week:

And yesterday morning families christened the new 4th Ave. bike lane in Brooklyn:

These bike lanes are really destroying the city:

If you commute via the Hudson River Greenway you've had to grow accustomed to the new detour between 72nd and 83rd street:

It's unclear which side of the plastic dividers you're supposed to be on, though overall it's far less vexing than all the Port Authority vehicles that use it as a highway further uptown:

But at least we've got miles and miles of protected...oh, never mind:

Bike lane

Meanwhile, the 17th Precinct doesn't want to ticket you:

And it looks like soon they may not be able to ticket you if you're riding an ebike:

Ebike

Ramos’s bill still creates three new classes of electric bikes: pedal-assist bikes that can’t go over 20 miles per hour, throttle-controlled bikes that can’t over 20 miles per hour, and throttle-controlled bikes that can go up to 25 miles per hour — except the new version makes that third class of speedy e-bike legal only in New York City. And it will be up to the city to regulate them (the Council has a package of bills).

But to be clear: this bill, if passed, ends the NYPD crackdowns, Ramos said.

E-scooters would be legal too, but it wouldn't be New York if there weren't carve-outs:

The bill says that localities can set up “shared electric scooter systems” in any county — unless that county is New York County: “No such shared electric scooter system shall operate … in a county with a population of no less than 1,586,000 and no more than 1,587,000 as of the 2010 decennial census.”

That population is pretty specific: Manhattan.

No ebikes on the Hudson River Greenway either:

The new version of the bill specifically bars e-bikes and e-scooters from the Hudson River Greenway, the world’s most popular bike lane. Officials from the Hudson River Park had testified earlier this month against allowing the new mobility devices on the greenway. Apparently, they won.

Port Authority vehicles?  Sure.  But no ebikes.

Arguably both the aforementioned bike traffic-calming detour and the ebike ban help bolster the Greenway's function as a recreational facility, but they also underscore the dire need for a north-south bicycle highway in Manhattan, since if you're heading downtown from upper Manhattan and beyond that's pretty much all you've got.

And then there's a ban on carrying kids on ebikes:

But feel free to keep using your SUV.

Finally, Dr. Do Lee examines the psychology of bike commuting:

Bike Psych

You can take your chances with the weather, or you can take your chances with the MTA.

Arguably, the weather's more predictable.