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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?
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Here‘s a palm card for David Greenfield, who is running against Joe Lazar for City Council in a special election today in Brooklyn. The back features a number of elected officials, not all of them are Democrats: Michael Bloomberg, Marty Golden and Joe Lieberman.
Predictions for how this race Read More
Citizens Union announced they’re backing David Greenfield for the special election to fill Simcha Felder’s City Council seat.
Among the reason’s given: his main rival didn’t talk.
“Unfortunately, Lazar was unable to complete the questionnaire or schedule a meeting with Citizen Union within our timeframe,” the organization wrote in a press release, announcing Read More
There’s a forum tonight for the candidates looking to replace City Councilman Simcha Felder. Expected to be there are Democrats David Greenfield and Joe Lazar, and Republican Jonathan Judge.
What would you ask them? Read More
A reader forwarded this mailer from City Council candidate Joe Lazar, touting his support from elected officials.
His opponent, David Greenfield, also has support from a bunch of elected officials, including Michael Bloomberg, and Ed Koch. They’re competing for the seat vacated by Simcha Felder. Read More
Two-term City Councilman Simcha Felder, who successfully pushed for setting a Read More
A friend of City Council candidate David Greenfield sent along this picture of him campaigning for Hillary Clinton at “the most popular kosher restaurant in Houston – Suzie’s Grill.” Read More