Sunday, December 12, 2010
Best bike lane post EVER!!!
Biking in NYC has zero environmental benefit, and adds bikes without subtracting cars because nearly all riders come off mass transit, not out of cars. And "nimble" is right -- bikers typically ignore vehicle traffic rules and behave like high speed pedestrians.
It's tiring to hear bike zealots constantly present themselves as environmental saviors and the allies of pedestrians when they are neither. Their self-serving campaign depends on the idyllic vision of a motor-free world -- reinforced by controlled events like Summer Streets -- and on building props that suggest orderly behavior -- "Bike stop lights! Just like in Europe, where they probably stop at those lights!" All you have to do is walk any distance in NYC to see that those things have nothing to do with the daily reality here.
If they really want to do something that benefits anyone but themselves, why don't they take their campaign to the suburbs, where they might really get drivers out of cars, and where there are no pedestrians in their way.
OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS GUY!!!! The Daily News had an editorial that didn't flat out say Sadik-Khan was nuts, but called her out for not even knowing how many cyclists there were in the City:
This revealing exchange between Bronx Councilman James Vacca and Sadik-Khan summed up what she had produced at the hearing by way of hard information:
Vacca: "You said you've seen a 63% increase in bicycling. How many bicyclists do you estimate use city streets every day?
Sadik-Khan: I can get back to you on that.
Vacca: Are we talking 200,000?
Sadik-Khan: I will get back to you.
Vacca: You don't have any approximation?
Sadik-Khan: I will get back to you on the number.
Vacca: I would think DOT would have an approximate number since you are laying out all these networks.
Sadik-Khan: I don't have the number on me.
Vacca: I'm saying I would think that question is one you could answer now."
Darn right, along with many others.