Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

January 30th, 2019: Cold Winds and Hot Air

Clear this morning, but by this evening you could get blown off your bike:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Scattered snow showers after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 31. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 6. Wind chill values between -10 and zero. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Sunrise: 7:08am

Sunset: 5:11pm

Here's more on what to expect:

Then tomorrow comes the "Arctic Blast:"

Thursday Weather

On Saturday, you can help clean up the Skillman & 43rd Avenue bike lanes in Sunnyside:

Maybe our new Bike Mayor can get us a few of these things:

In Brooklyn, some Park Slope residents gathered for a group therapy session over the new 9th Street bike lane:

An organizer of the meeting told its roughly two dozen attendees that her neighbor, whom she described as a 93-year-old World War II veteran, nearly die when a bicyclist almost hit him as he recently attempted to cross one of the bike lanes.

Yes, the Greatest Generation survived the Great Depression and stormed the beach at Normandy, but it's the bike lanes that will be their undoing.

Another Ninth Street resident told the room his 13-year-old son was skateboarding to school in one of the protected bike lanes in December, when a truck driver turning onto Sixth Avenue struck him. And that incident, coupled with the invitation to speed the lanes’ give to cyclists, has cast serious doubts on the infrastruc­ture’s efficacy, according to the local.

Did he just blame the bike lane and not the driver of the truck who rain into his son?

“I’m afraid of getting out of my car, and I’m afraid of my son getting out of the car,” said Jeff Raheb.

Jeff Raheb speaks for all of America, and that's the problem.

Of course people did show up to defend the bike lane, which in local media parlance is called "sowing chaos:"

Safe-street advocates also turned up for the meeting, one of whom did his best to sow chaos among the disgruntled Ninth Streeters by interrupting them as they spoke, and at one point accusing Manning of pulling information “out of her a--,” a comment that almost induced a fist fight with Raheb.

I once saw Sowing Chaos opening for Arctic Blast, it was a fantastic show.

And apparently the sower of chaos also tried to sow the seeds of discourse, but to no avail:

So there you go.

Meanwhile, the Times takes a look at what's to become of the L train contingency plans:

Why turn back, they say, when so much of the groundwork is done. Bike routes have been expanded. Bus lanes have been painted, and the skeletons of bus fare machines have been installed on sidewalks. New bus and ferry services have been announced.

“What we have in front of us is a city that has to expand our transportation system,” said Ydanis Rodriguez, the chairman of the City Council’s transportation committee. “We have an opportunity to become the most pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly city in the whole nation.”

Though not everybody agrees:

But critics counter that some of the changes would turn their neighborhoods into testing grounds for transit experiments that focus largely on moving commuters, and that the plans should be re-evaluated and weighed against the safety, health and quality of life of residents.

That's a long way of saying they're worried about their parking.

Finally, Lime has a scooter that's built for New York City:

 

"This scooter is made for New York," Phil Jones, Lime's senior policy director for the east coast, said in an interview about the new scooter, which features larger wheels, mountain bike-esque shock absorbers, and a new braking system.

Not only is the heavier, more rugged scooter designed for New York's rough terrain, it should also last longer than its previous models, which can quickly wear out and are susceptible to vandalism.

It's called a "bicycle."