Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Northwest wind 14 to 16 mph.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.
It also looks like the weekend will also cooperate with whatever your cycling plans may be:
And of course good weather calls for good beer, so heed the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast and stock up on...
For a classic fall weekend, we’re recommending our classic Brooklyn Lager to keep you company. Let the leaf peepers take the roads early, then get out there with a handy 6pk of cans for your local or long-ranging rides. Snag it for yourself, or bring it to your early Halloween parties and enjoy the smooth, refreshing edge of our amber lager.
On Monday the DOT will present protected bike lane plans for Broadway/Whitehall St. to Manhattan CB1:
On Monday, 10/21 at 6PM DOT will present to the @CommunityBoard1 Transportation & Street Activity Permit Committee a plan to install a protected #bikenyc lane on Broadway/Whitehall St between Barclay St & Water St in Manhattan. pic.twitter.com/2iWoxrz51S— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 17, 2019
There's a new bicycle connection to the Staten Island Ferry terminal:
We are working to build better #bikenyc connections around NYC. Recently #onStatenIsland we opened a new bicycle ramp to enter the St George #StatenIslandFerry terminal. The ramp now provides a separated path for🚴headed to the #SIFerry. #Biketober pic.twitter.com/yRXTtyxQfw— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 17, 2019
If you live in or near Brooklyn and you're looking to keep it local with the family this weekend, head to Prospect Park on Sunday for Bike Day:
Or if you're headed out on a longer ride (or want to park a car in Inwood for some reason), keep in mind the MS Bike Tour is happening:
ADVISORY: Thousands of bicyclists will take part in the 2019 Multiple Sclerosis MS Bike Tour on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Bicyclists will travel through the confines of the 34th Precinct between 7AM and 11AM. No parking will be permitted on portions of West 218 St & on Indian Rd. pic.twitter.com/fkr56q6g2B— NYPD 34th Precinct (@NYPD34Pct) October 16, 2019
Speaking of parking...
Today I saw the @NYPDnews ticketing the only illegally parked vehicles that didn’t put my life in danger on #106th street. When I asked the cop why he didn’t ticket any cars in the #bikenyc lane, he mentioned something about “courtesy”.— Joe (@urbaneoptics) October 17, 2019
Video at 11 🎥 pic.twitter.com/rx1QVJaIe6
Hey, in all fairness, it does say "Courtesy" right there on their cars. Now we know exactly what they mean.
Are you a research scientist? Are you good with numbers and stuff? Do you want to be a part of the "Green Wave?" Well here's your chance:
#NowHiring: Seeking a Research Scientist to join the safety analytics & mapping unit to analyze data & help develop research studies to inform policy for NYC's #VisionZero initiative, related to Green Wave #bikenyc & ped safety. #Biketoberhttps://t.co/sq62nSYPMW Job ID #414999 pic.twitter.com/0dJVhBH3wK— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 17, 2019
Yes, that's right, there's actually more to street design than who yells the loudest at the Community Board meeting.
Speaking of numbers and stuff, the ones pertaining to the 14th St. busway look pretty good:
Major improvements on 14th St since the busway began:— David J. Meyer (@dahvnyc) October 17, 2019
- Travel time between 3rd&8th is down 30%.
- Ridership up 15% on weekdays, 37% on Saturdays & 29% on Sundays.
Though whether its busways or bike lanes, not all New Yorkers have the same access to the benefits:
Interesting graphic by @shmorgan2140 (left below) leads to a deep dive by Streetsblog into why the best bike infrastructure is in the richest neighborhoods (it’s complicated).https://t.co/kOyBKjH81k— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) October 17, 2019
H/T @jonorcutt @JustinBrannan @JSadikKhan pic.twitter.com/90xTNJ2iQC
“Opposition to investments based on fears of gentrification is entirely valid in today’s brutal housing climate, but it creates a vicious feedback loop,” Morgan said. “Fewer investments in the transit and bicycling networks reinforces the dominance of car culture and leads to auto dependency [which fuels] an even greater barrier to investments that might take away parking or travel lanes. We need to break the cycle for planned investments to have a chance at success.”
To compile his “grades,” Morgan weighted the results to give a higher letter grade to neighborhoods with more protected bike lanes than standard painted lanes. Other bike infrastructure, such as sharrows, were not counted at all because “they are simply shared routes that involve no separation of bicycle and vehicular traffic,” he said.
Furthermore, in a terrible year of violence, Brooklyn has been hit particularly hard:
Two ten-year-olds were killed in the last month – one was waiting for the bus after school in Midwood when he was mowed down by an out of control driver. Another was crossing the street on his bicycle with friends. Two elderly residents were mowed down just last week – one in Sheepshead Bay (Ford and V) and one in Kensington. A teenager was orphaned when an out of control driver killed her mother on Coney Island Avenue in July. A bicyclist was killed when a car ran a red light at high speed and collided with another this Summer. A few other bicyclists were doored sending them into oncoming traffic. A toddler was killed in Bath Beach at a crosswalk with a STOP sign. I could go on.
No wonder ridership has hit a plateau:
Mayor De Blasio announced back in July a big push to make riding bicycles safer in Brooklyn, as the city is looking at record numbers of dead bicyclists. I no longer ride mine, and I know of many friends and neighbors who have decided similarly. It is simply too dangerous. Of the two dozen bicyclist deaths this year so far, more than half were in Brooklyn. But walking is not optional. We should be able to cross the city’s streets safely, wait for the bus – in peace, and not feel like it’s open season for pedestrians.
Finally, if you ride mountain bikes you're always in search of some good dirt close to the city, and CLIMB (the same people who brought you the phenomenal Cunningham Park network in Queens) has built new trails in Port Washington:
Town officials will join mountain biking advocates Wednesday morning to unveil the new park. https://t.co/ofyFJDfbQb— PortWashington Patch (@PortPatch) October 16, 2019
"They have a lot of volunteers and I thought frankly it was a little too good to be true," she told the newspaper in June 2018. "I did my own research about the organization. Everything they said was true. We did speak to a few other municipalities. I arranged a meeting at the town with the parks department, the town attorney and CLIMB. We just wanted to see if there was anything that we were missing and there wasn't."
Mountain biker Geordie Grassie of Oyster Bay told Patch on Wednesday the trails offer a nice mix of features for enthusiasts.
Funny how so much about bikes seems to good to be true--and yet it's not.
Sometimes there is such a thing as a free lunch.