Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 24th, 2019: Padding The Bike Map

Another glorious day today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 71. Northwest wind around 16 mph.

Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 50. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph.

Sunrise: 6:04am

Sunset: 7:45pm

In fact, it's almost time to start complaining about how it's too hot.

Speaking of which, sweaty back season will be here before you know it, so move your stuff off your back and onto your bike:


It's also new bike map season:

Though not all the protected bike lanes on it actually exist:

Yeah, just a minor detail, that's all.

If a chunk of the Harlem River Drive were missing they'd probably mention it, but hey, it's only bikes.

No harm in a little bike map filler, right?  It's like the cellulose in your Parmesan.

Here's some better news:

The city also plans to announce that bike infrastructure projects on Manhattan's 12th and 13th streets, as well as Grand Street in Brooklyn, will be made permanent. Grand Street's protected bike lanes will be adjusted to add more loading zones and metered parking, and to “help accommodate the needs of industrial businesses along this section of the corridor,” according to the draft release.

Out on the streets, you may be tempted to roll through those T-intersections on St. Nicholas Avenue along the park.  Don't do it, because this is officially an NYPD ticketing hotspot, and they're using unmarked cars now:

Good thing there's a bike lane there for them to park in while they're issuing those tickets.

Staten Island is moving towards borough-wide bike share:

Meanwhile, demand for bike share in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx is strong.  Lime Bikes from Yonkers remain a common sight uptown, and this pair were basking in the sun on 207th Street yesterday:


Jump Bikes have also become part of the landscape around Fordham Road:


And you'll often see people riding those over to Manhattan and into other parts of the Bronx as well.

Instead of deleting bike lanes uptown the city should be adding more of them and expanding the bike share service area to the city line.

Scooters would also help, and hopefully the Council Speaker doesn't hate them now:

Johnson said he was “not injured” in the crash, but that he was “scraped, scratched [and] covered in black stains from the tar on the road.”

Well-wishers filled Johnson’s Twitter feed, but others pointed out that the Speaker’s experience might come back to haunt supporters of the still-illegal form of micro-mobility.

We'll have to wait and see if he gets back on the horse.

Finally, guess who doesn't sully the cockpit of his road bike with an unsightly bell:

"I feel he should lead by example since he wants to crack down on all cyclists," said Brandon Rosado, one of the cyclists who was given a citation for lacking a bell, and whose bike was taken as a result.

Marc Nieves, another cyclist who suffered the same fate, added, "I lost almost five hours of work because I had no bell, when the number one person who should be informing the rules doesn't use one."

The NYPD did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

That poorly wrapped, dirty white bar tape alone should be enough to warrant a citation.