From SI Live:
The Advance did report earlier this month on the plan to add 5 miles of bicycle lanes around the island: "... and the cost of painting the markings is covered by federal funds that can't be diverted to other uses". Huh?
Let me get this right. On one hand we build a fence to keep boulevard joggers from harm. At the same time we encourage bicyclists to zigzag through island traffic. Those mystical chevron patterns must be the key. Like protective talismans, these magical symbols would extend a protective shield around the two-wheeled that bravely venture into the land of the four-wheeled. Phooey!
And where did the Feds get this money? Don't we have more pressing matters to throw our tax money at? Like health care, perchance? Highway improvements, perhaps? Education, possibly? Forget fixing potholes, those ain't a Federal problem.
This is "part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's PlaNYC 2030 initiative, which includes getting New Yorkers to exercise." Has this billionaire buffoon lost his mind? Fix our roads, transit, schools, and healthcare first; before pulling this health-nuttiness on us. How healthy is it to be hit by a car, has Hizzoner ever been here on the Island to see our traffic?
Curiously, the bike lane appears to have been painted on the wrong side of the street on the North Railroad side (heading toward Tottenville) - the bike lane is on the LEFT side of the roadway. The bike lane on the outbound South Railroad is on the RIGHT side (which, upon giving due consideration, appears to be the correct side). So, why this sudden directional shift? "The routes are part of the citywide master plan ..." of course, a master plan, that explains it perfectly! Third term, anyone? Anyone? Anyone?
Oh well this has to just be a bike hater saying this. Let's see what the local pols have to say...
"I wish the same time and ingenuity went into securing Staten Island a second paving crew," Oddo said. "We don't see the point in bike lanes when our streets aren't drivable."
"We need to secure the foundation of Staten Island's roads first," Ignizio said, pointing to smoother roads or the addition of left-turn bays, "before going ahead with the luxuries. No one is biking to work from my district to Manhattan."