Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

May 21st, 2019: Scratching the Surface

Here it is, a great riding day all teed up and waiting for you:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind 14 to 16 mph.

Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Northwest wind 8 to 15 mph.

Sunrise: 5:34am

Sunset: 8:12pm

And yes, there are a lot of people out there on bikes:

If there are this many people riding now just imagine what would happen if the city really threw all its effort into making this a world-class bike town:

In the meantime, we're barely scratching the surface: 

Speaking of surfaces, some streets have them, while others do not: 

5th Avenue also falls into the latter category:

Unfortunately, while you can learn about these resurfacing projects ahead of time, there's currently no way to get real-time status updates, so they still come as a surprise to most.

Ticket stings also come by surprise, though there are some you can pretty much count on these days, such as the one on the Manhattan side of the Manhattan Bridge:

As well as the one on the Hudson River Greenway by the Intrepid:

Cops ticketing at intrepid from r/NYCbike

And yes, we all see what we want to see, but some precincts do indeed ticket drivers in bike lanes:

Thanks for that.

In Brooklyn, the 4th Ave. bike lane is going in:

Meanwhile, in Bensonhurst, community board leaders are against a bike lane plan that requires drivers to look right and left:

The board’s district manager sent a letter to the department’s Brooklyn head, detailing the unsafe conditions that she believed would arise from vehicle operators attempting to turn onto a one-way road, by crossing a bike lane with cyclists traveling in the opposite direction.

“This plan as presented provides no protection to cyclists along this heavily traveled commercial and manufacturing segment, relies on motorists checking both right and left for bicyclists while waiting for a lull in oncoming traffic, and reduces visibility,” said Marnee Elias-Pavia.

What next, looking straight ahead?

Finally, in Washington, DC, weeks after a driver killed bike advocate David Salovesh, another driver has killed his bike lane:

Some of the debris, neighbors say, was a “ghost bike” that was placed in the area just weeks ago in memory of David Salovesh, a cyclist who was struck and killed.

“It’s going to be a little emotional for a lot of people,” said Amir Izadi, a neighbor who heard the crash. “You know, the gentleman was killed here a few weeks ago and now that ghost bike is gone.”

Sometimes you've just got to listen to the signs.