Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 16th, 2019: Flash Floods and Flashy Lights

Here comes the rain:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Rain, mainly after 2pm. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 64. Southeast wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night Rain, mainly before 2am. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 54. Breezy, with a south wind 8 to 13 mph becoming northwest 18 to 23 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Sunrise 7:08am

Sunset 6:15pm

And the flash flooding:

Time to dig all your foul weather gear out of the closet...or just head underground.

Here's a seasonal reminder to angle your light down:

New Citi Bike stations are online in Bushwick:

Here's your chance to be heard on new stations in Harlem:

The Pulaski Bridge will see partial bike lane closures on Sunday:

And here's how to park next to a bike lane:

Wrong!  You're supposed to walk right into it and then complain about how you were "almost hit" by a cyclist, everybody knows that.

Speaking of complaints, just like our infrastructure, 311 is also designed without cyclists in mind:

They really should give us our own number already.

Is 312 taken?

Of course, the most important thing the city can do is close the gap between knowing something needs to be fixed and actually fixing it:

The death of Darmetko is particularly horrifying given that he was a veteran cyclist who knew what he was doing on the road. His Facebook page is full of pictures in bike gear. One heartbroken friend noted that Darmetko was “a professional biker for 40 years.” Another post shows that he was still doing 60-mile rides out in the hills of Long Island even in his 60s. If New York can’t keep Bogdan Darmetko alive, or show any interest in learning lessons from his death, what hope is there for the rest of us?

It's so bad that Uber won't put more Jump bikes on Staten Island unless they get a guarantee that users can't sue them:

Even as Uber is abandoning its bike share programs in other cities, it has expressed interest in expanding in Staten Island and, ultimately, citywide. The city, too, would like to experiment with a more ambitious dockless-bike pilot on Staten Island, where the city's official bike share operator, Citi Bike, has no presence.

But the “forced arbitration” policy that Uber wants to insert into its user agreements with riders is proving an obstacle. The increasingly commonplace corporate practice prevents users from seeking relief in court when something goes wrong. Consumer advocates deplore it, and so, increasingly, do some politicians.

Here's how Citi Bike approaches the issue by the way:

The dominant player in New York City’s bike share economy is Lyft, which owns Citi Bike, a docked bike share system with a contract that it believes precludes competitors from operating in its zones. Its user agreement doesn’t have a forced arbitration clause, though it does contain some contentious provisions of its own.

When a rider signs up to use Citi Bike, that cyclist must sign a user agreement that governs her relationship with the company — including what would happen should she hurt herself while riding a Citi Bike.

According to those provisions, should a rider seek to sue the company, she would first have to “submit the dispute to mandatory mediation held in New York State.” Should the dispute not be resolved through mediation after six months, she could file suit in court.

So it goes in "Non-Existent" territory:

In 2019 there shouldn't even be a "Non-Existent" territory.

Finally, in "Sparse" country, AARP members expressed concerns about, well, everything:

Questions revolved around pedestrian safety from bikers and bikers’ safety from speeding automobiles. Frontus called it a state of emergency. “Every single week,” she said, “children are getting killed, children are getting hit, mothers are pushing their strollers with children and drivers are angry with the people on the bicycles, while the bicyclists are angry at the people driving their cars.”

They're not wrong.

Other members were concerned about the potential influx of scooters — which according to one member have taken over San Diego — coming into the neighborhood. And still others wanted to know how to stop robocalls, even after they’ve signed onto a no-call registry.

Just wait until they find out about the roboscooters...