Urban bicyclists frequently ride in a speedy, reckless, and rude manner, posing a danger to everyone around them, not to mention themselves. Since they aren’t subject to licensing, registration, inspection, insurance, and safety regulations, these bicyclists operate in a consequence-free zone.
Pedestrians vs. Cyclists, Battleground: City Hall Park, New York
You toil for years to reopen a beloved pedestrian park in your neighborhood, you lobby politicians and bureaucrats, you even threaten to sue the city, and then – before you’ve had time to fully savor your victory - the city’s Department of Transportation decides to turn the main pathway in the park into a “connecting artery” for bicyclists.
What to do here? Well, it sure doesn’t make any sense to turn City Hall Park into a “connecting artery” for bicyclists. As mentioned above, bicyclists in New York go very fast, and are subject to very few rules and regulations. Just as bicyclists shouldn’t be allowed on sidewalks for fear that they’ll crash into pedestrians, they shouldn’t be allowed on City Hall Park’s pedestrian pathway.