Well itâ€™s that time of the month again. For the mainstream news to do some investigative news gathering and look into whatâ€™s going on with all of these people riding bicycles in NYC. Wow, youâ€™ll never guess what they discovered? That there are a lot of cyclists out there disobeying the law. CBSâ€™s news Tony Aiello did a series on bike riding in NYC and of all the things he could report on, he chose to do a â€œGOTCHAâ€ piece that got the graphics people all excited and got to package it into a nifty title: â€œBIKE BEDLAM!â€ Tonyâ€™s hard hitting investigation involved standing in a bike lane for at least 20 minutes and interviewing both cyclists and average citizens to find out what the hell is going on. He saw at least a whooping 17 people riding the wrong way down the new bike lane on 1st Ave and a dozen or more on the sidewalk. My friends, we have a real crisis on our hands!
These kind of stories are nothing new. Neither is bad cyclist behavior, nor is cops giving cyclists tickets or jaywalking. Letâ€™s face it. We all break the law. WE ALWAYS HAVE BEEN, WE ALWAYS WILL, weâ€™re New YORKERS dammit and we are busy and important and donâ€™t have time for these pesky things like looking where we are going.
How many people txt while driving? Talk on Cell phones without handâ€™s free devises? How many pedestrians walk in bike lanes and when you have the right of way and give them the bell, the tell you to fuck off? How many people donâ€™t look both ways when they cross the street? We are all naughty street citizens out there. But somehow this week itâ€™s BICYCLE BEDLAM! (dum dum)
To my fellow cyclists…take those flip-flops off, put down that cell phone, put on a helmet, ride in the correct direction and pay attention.
I welcome the police cracking down on people riding the wrong way down a one way or on the sidewalk…but what does this lead to? Does the cycling behavior improve with more summonses? Hardly. And while the police are at it, why donâ€™t they ticket every car parked in the bike lane. And every car that makes an illegal turn and talks on cell phones. The last time I checked, Motor vehicle deaths against pedestrians and cyclists, far out weighed cyclists killing pedestrians. I say itâ€™s more like â€œCAR CHAOS!â€
Well, Iâ€™m a bicycle blogger so I feel compelled to post about these kind of annoying things the news does.
It is a pattern that repeats with predictable frequency each time a new bike lane appears. The simmering resistance to cyclists that exists in a given neighborhood erupts into loud complaints that a new lane will restrict deliveries, snarl traffic and endanger pedestrians as a swarm of rogue riders flood the streets and disrupt what would otherwise be the neat flow of traffic and predictable division between people and automobiles.
So perhaps it should come as no surprise that such complaints have greeted new lanes that appeared this summer, from new protected paths along First and Second Avenues to a separated lane along Prospect Park West in Brooklyn.
But the usual sentiments sounded even louder to some cyclists this week, amplified by local news coverage that appeared to stress the worst fears about two-wheeled transit and by an effort by the New York Police Department to crack down on riders who ignore the rules of the road, especially on the Upper East Side.
read the entire story here.
Now can we get back to riding our bike…oh wait, I’m getting a txt.