March 1st, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

Today's commute could involve some snow and rain:

Friday Weather

Friday A chance of snow before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. East wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph.

Sunrise: 6:30am

Sunset: 5:47pm

Which should prepare you for the weekend, which could also involve snow and rain:

Weekend Weather

Great.

In light of the situation, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

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...Brooklyn Brown Ale!

Brooklyn Brown Ale

As early March brings unsettled weather and swinging temperatures, things are bound to get messy. Embrace the muddy paths with Brooklyn Brown Ale, our roasty yet refreshing spin on the classic style. It’ll help you shrug off the creeping damp and fend off the wind, but you’re on your own for the icy spots.

 

Once again, a reminder that if you're heading north this weekend the Broadway Bridge will see intermittent full closures on Sunday:

And starting Sunday there may be intermittent partial closures on the Williamsburg Bridge too:

On the Upper East Side, the 19th Precinct arrested (!) a private sanitation truck operator who was driving in the bike lane with a suspended license:

Though it's certainly not detracting from their efforts by the entrance to the Queensboro Bridge:

And further downtown, this was happening:

Yes they should.

 

Finally, the big news of course is that Citi Bike is expanding their electric fleet:

And a collective moan arose from all corners of the city when it turned out they'll be charging $2 a ride for them:

The juice is gonna cost you: $2 per e-bike ride, starting on April 27th. For reduced fare members, it will be an extra 50 cents. An unlimited number of 45-minute rides on the "classic" bikes will still be included in a membership, according to a press release.

Under this pricing scheme, a Citi Bike commuter who wants to use an e-bike to get to and from work every day of the year would pay an extra $1,000 on top of their $169/year membership. Cheaper than an unlimited monthly MetroCard, but less useful.

Though Citi Bike insists they need to do so in order to cover costs:

Citi Bike spokesperson Julie Wood says the increased costs are necessary to expand the system, ensure it's sustainable, and to hire more employees to travel from dock to dock and replace dead batteries with fresh ones. The 750 docking stations citywide aren't strong enough to charge the batteries themselves because they run on solar power.

"What we’re seeing is, e-bikes are really going to compete with other modes of transportation," Wood told Gothamist. "What was a subway ride, a taxi ride, a ride in a Lyft, can now be an electric bike ride." (Lyft bought Citi Bike last summer). Wood said that unlike the pilot, these e-bikes will soon be "a very reliable new option for people."

And they say they'll offer new membership options that include e-bike rides:

Once Citi Bike figures out how people use the new e-bikes, the company will introduce some new membership options in the spring that may include a certain number of e-bike rides in a yearly membership. Look for another 2,500 docks to be installed over the next few months as well.

Hey, electricity ain't free.