Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

February 25th, 2019: Wind Advisory

It's going to be windy today:

Monday Weather

Monday Sunny, with a high near 39. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph.

Monday Night Clear, with a low around 26. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Windy, with a northwest wind 17 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.

Sunrise: 6:36am

Sunset: 5:42pm

Like, really windy:

Plan your route accordingly, and give yourself extra time for headwinds.  (Unless you have a tailwind, in which case you'll arrive early.)

Of course you'll really feel those gusts on the bridges, and remember there could be partial closures this week on the Queensboro and Williamsburg Bridge bike paths:

Last week the mayor announced he'd take on parking placard reform, and by the looks of things the usual suspects are quaking in their boots:

Break the law on your bike you get tackled; park in the bike lane with a placard and the mayor promises to lease you a garage.

Heading uptown, the city has issued an RFP for waterfront parks in newly-rezoned Inwood, which would form part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway:

According to a statement from the NYCEDC, the city has committed $41 million for a two-acre waterfront park at Academy between 10th Avenue and the Harlem River, also known as the Sherman Creek Malecón (or esplanade).

The city will also invest $9 million to restore the North Cove, which is located just north of the University Heights Bridge.

Both areas will ultimately form a part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a 32-mile path for pedestrians and bike riders that encircles Manhattan.

Meanwhile, there's still no bike lane of any kind on Dyckman Street since it was scrubbed back in the summer of last year:


Speaking of bike lanes, you can now blame them for the bankruptcy of the Payless Shoes chain...


...at least according to one Forest Hills Post reader:

Drove to Tower Diner on Sunday, dropped friends off and went to park. Drove around for 25 minutes and would up parking near home – about 6 blocks away. Between the hydrants, oversized cars and the bike lanes, parking is non-existent. While driving around, I didn’t see even 1 person in the bike Lanes on either side of the Blvd. Bicyclists don’t pay NY for insurance, inspection, registration, gas tax, tolls or meters. These lanes have got to go.

Let's see: no parking headaches, no traffic, and no expenses?  Sounds pretty good!  You'd think they'd have talked themselves into riding a bike by the end of that comment.  

Beyond the city, Newsday has a story about Long Island weirdos who don't drive:

Bicycling to work, however, remains a decidedly niche method on Long Island. While 6.5 percent of commuters rode bicycles in alternative-culture hub Portland, Oregon, according to 2017 Census estimates, only about a quarter of 1 percent of Long Islanders did.

In fact, Long Islanders use the railroad only slightly more than Portlanders use bikes:

Long Island commuting by the numbers:

Cars, trucks, vans: 81.9%

Railroad: 8.4%

Work at home: 4%

Walking: 2%

Taxicab, motorcycle or other: 0.87%

Subway: 0.8%

Bicycle: 0.26%

They probably also account for roughly 75% of be-placarded vehicles in New York City bike lanes.

Finally, beyond New York, San Francisco has seen a precipitous drop in reported bike thefts:

There were 537 bicycles reported stolen in San Francisco in 2018, a 25 percent decline from the 717 reported bicycle thefts in 2017, according to police. In 2016, there were 780 reported bike thefts with a value of about $1 million, the San Francisco Examiner previously reported.

As for why, it could be a combination of new policing efforts and the availability of bike share:

Wiedenmeier attributed the decline to the launch of neighborhood crime units at police stations, which the coalition supported last year to focus resources on combating bike theft along with other property crimes.

But he also suggested there may be another factor in play. Wiedenmeier said there has been a “significant explosion” in the use of rental bicycles through applications like Uber’s Jump and Lyft’s Ford GoBike.

A San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority spokesperson agreed that bike rentals are likely a factor.

Of course, bike share bikes can get stolen, too.  Here's one that was apparently taken by Neptune:

Sadly it's no longer available:

I'd have just assumed it was a marketing tie-in for the Aquaman movie.