There are so many reasons why I can’t stand the New York Daily News (I’m not even going to get into how frustrating participating in the NYDN’s live chat that was entitled “Bike Lanes: Good or Evil” was so I will let Streetsblog give you a taste of that)…but they are crossing a line with this comic.
Yes, there are rude cyclists who violate traffic laws. They go against traffic, cut drivers off, go past lights, etc. But it’s not everyone.
Even though I’m not a resident of New York City and I never have been, there is no question about it- it’s a NO BRAINER that they should follow other major cities in the world and embrace bike lanes! Even with the subways, taxis, and buses, everyone complains about how much car traffic NYC has. I don’t look at the installation of bike lanes to be the solution to eradicating NYC car traffic. What they will do (even though I’m sure anyone with a brain can figure this out) is give New Yorkers the opportunity to skip out on paying exorbitant MTA fees, mitigate traffic congestion, reduce pollution, and make way for a healthier city!
I mean, seriously, how many times do people take taxis to drive…maybe a couple of blocks down the street? I know I certainly have. If you install bike lanes, as it has been proven in other major cities that have created a bike infrastructure, people WILL use them. We can’t keep relying on cars being the major mode of transportation in our cities…unless you’re a fan of New York State having the same climate as Georgia by 2070.
All that I’m saying, is that the New York Daily News should see this as a great opportunity for NYC and instead of fueling the fire by portraying cyclists as careless, rude, hipsters who want to run over pedestrians.
Oh and Bill Bramhall, if you cared to do any research…there is a such thing as Bike Signals that separates bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Take a quick trip to Montreal, you’ll see that it works.