From the Daily News:
Recent adventures on the bike lanes of New York had me in so many close encounters of the vehicular and pedestrian kind, so many embarrassing tumbles, that I have no more faith in two-wheeled transport here.
On a recent weekend of rare beauty, I bicycled 70 miles around Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, with a pit stop (i.e., beer) in the South Bronx.
It was enough to convince me that while it is possible to bike in New York, it is not wise to do so. Yes, we live in an unpredictable city. But the kind of unpredictability that involves a tourist stumbling out into your bike lane is not the sort to celebrate.
I started out a believer in the urban vision of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who has more than doubled the city’s bike lane mileage in the last five years, from 285 to 540 — with many more to come.
But once I finished my journey, into my basement went the bike, where it will remain entombed.
Before Sadik-Khan’s biking revolution, New York’s cars and pedestrians partook in an uneasy pavement truce. She has fostered a three-way rivalry, encouraging just about everyone to pedal and giving the false impression that bike lanes are the equals of sidewalks and roads.
By two days’ end, I had done 70 miles, and I was done with biking. It is senseless — no, reckless — to bike in New York in 2012.
In the meantime, the City Council is passing bills to crack down on bad cyclist behavior, knowing full well that we don't have the police manpower to enforce our current laws.