August 16th, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

***Please note that after today's post the Bike Forecast will be on end-of-summer recess, and will return on Tuesday, September 3rd with regular updates.  Thank you for reading, and Happy Labor Day!***

There could be some rain and thunderstorms today:

Friday Weather

Friday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Northeast wind around 7 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunrise 6:07am

Sunset 7:53pm

And into the weekend:

Weekend Weather

So be prepared for any eventuality by heeding the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast and stocking up on plenty of...

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...Brooklyn Lager!

Brooklyn Lager

With some unsettled weather heading our way, we’re recommending our dependable Brooklyn Lager. Count on it for a smooth, refreshing presence whether you’re snagging some time outside or digging out the board games at home.

This Saturday don't miss Bike East:

On Wednesday the 21st go get your activist training:

And on September 10th Steve Vaccaro will teach roadies how to commute by bike:

No doubt many of them will be amazed to learn that it is in fact possible to ride bicycles while wearing walking shoes.

Out on the streets, the 19th precinct is flexing yet again:

Though despite their Sisyphean efforts the bike lanes will remain blocked until the city addresses the underlying problem:

No, you're supposed to devote the entire curb to parking and let the rest just sort itself out.

Sure, there are hundreds or thousands of apartments on each block, any one of which may be getting renovated or receiving a huge delivery or being moved into or out of at any given time, but why account for any of that when you can make the street a giant free-for-all with the only constant being car storage?

Speaking of the movement (or lack thereof) of vehicles, the DOT has released its latest Mobility Report:

Trottenberg said that traffic is expected to speed up in Manhattan when congestion pricing is implemented in 2021, but added that city and MTA officials should use the space vacated by cars for improved transit service and more bike lanes.

“The trends right now are unsustainable,” said Trottenberg. “If you ask people to get out of their cars and pay more, you’ve got to give them good options.”

Maybe we need less asking and more telling, because it's only getting worse out there

According to the Department of Transportation's annual mobility report, citywide bus speeds are at their lowest in a decade (7.58 mph), while annual For-Hire Vehicle trips have exploded to nearly 316 million, a 90 percent increase since 2010. Taxi speeds in Manhattan below 60th Street (the "Central Business District") have slowed from 9 mph to 7 mph over the last eight years, despite a slight decrease in the number of cars that enter Lower Manhattan every weekday. Traffic speeds are down to 4.9 mph in what DOT refers to as the "Midtown Core," AKA the Tourist Hellscape of Times Square, Broadway, Herald Square, etc.

In fact, taking a Citi Bike is one minute faster than taking a car anywhere within the Midtown Core, according to the DOT. (Another fun stat: 42nd Street is the only place in New York where yellow and green cabs outnumber FHVs on the street.)

We may need to break the car culture, but in a way it's already breaking itself.

Regardless, you can be sure someone will soon explain why bike lanes are to blame for all of this.

Too bad we never built that Lower Manhattan Expressway, right?

That would have fixed everything.

Finally, the New York Times Editorial Board calls for better protection of pedestrians and cyclists:

Transportation experts, cyclists and groups that advocate for pedestrian and cyclist safety say the plan is a good one and note that many of the measures would benefit pedestrians as well. But they also say the city should be doing more — and faster. They’re right.

Yes they are.