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Is the bicycle backlash really, truly over? It hasn’t even been a year, but a new Marist poll shows two out of three New Yorkers approves of the bike lanes. Yet only one in four believes bike lanes are better for traffic, as the Bloomberg administration insists they are, while 40 percent believe they make traffic worse and 30 percent believe there is no difference—which, put another way, means 55 percent think there is no problem with the lanes. Read More
The bicycle backlash has moved uptown.
After decrying bike lanes in the East Village and on Prospect Park West, New Yorkers are now inflamed over the green stripes running down Columbus Avenue. According to DNA Info, shop owners and drivers (who else?) say the lack of parking–the lane replaced spaces on the strip Read More
City Councilman David Greenfield is introducing a bill today to require every New York City cyclist to wear a bike helmet.
It is an intriguing proposal on a number of levels.
Currently, only children 13 and younger are required to wear a bike helmet. Think of the last time you saw a cyclist cruising by—were they wearing a helmet? Through highly unscientific personal observation, this reporter would say odds are evenly split for and against helmets. Maybe it’s a little higher, hopefully, so this is simply a safety measure, and a warranted one, like seat belt laws.
This is to be the attitude of the councilman, who told The Observer, “This is the simplest thing a cyclist can do to protect themselves. To do anything else is frankly irresponsible.” He pointed to federal statistics showing that 96 percent of bicycle fatalities involve people not wearing helmets (which may have as much to do with the cyclists attitude and actions as the presence of a helmet, but the numbers still speak volumes.)
Still, the best way not to get killed on your bike in the city is to keep from getting hit by a car. Which begs the question if this is not simply more anti-bike legislation masquerading as pro-bike legislation. Going back to the back-of-the-envelope assumption that half of city cyclists don’t wear helmets, dumb if legal as that may be, how many of them might stop riding if it meant the choice between mussed hair and a $25 fine? With thousands of bike share bikes on the way, could this kill the program before it even gets off the ground? Read More
What Does the Mayor Have Planned for Grand Central, and Other Developments from the State of the City
The main focus of the Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s State of the City speech today may have been on taking another crack at fixing the city’s schools and streamlining its government, but this is still Mike Bloomberg, remaker of skylines and rebuilder of waterfronts, so there was bound to be a lot of development goodies studding the speech.
Aside from the Kingsbridge Armory announcement, which was previewed yesterday, the proposal that most jumped out was one for the heart of Midtown. “In the area around Grand Central, we’ll work with the City Council on a package of regulatory changes and incentives that will attract new investment, new companies and new jobs,” the mayor said. Read More
It was a long year for bike riders in New York City. The bikelash got underway last fall, but it really picked up in 2011 as the Prospect Park West lane suit dragged out all summer t. The city won the suit, as well as a super majority of support for the new bike lanes, but that has not stopped cycling critics from continuing to harry two-wheeled New Yorkers. Now, it is looking like 2012 may be no better. Read More