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Ben Shepard on the Bike Crackdown

Time’s Up Ben Shepard writes a piece on the recent NYPD crackdown on cyclists for the Huffington Post.

New Yorkers: Fight the Bike Backlash
Benjamin Shepard
Assistant Professor of Human Service at New York School of Technology/CUNY
Posted: January 31, 2011 04:37 PM

Anthropologist Jeff Ferrell has suggested that while the term hegemony is often an overused term, when one talks about influence of the automobile on U.S. political economy, energy, and urban policy, such a description does not feel unreasonable. Cars dominate urban space in countless ways. In spite of this, the environmental movement has aimed to challenge the very notion of a presumed right of cars to dominate public streets. Faced with the seemingly insurmountable task of creating spaces for bike and non-polluting transportation in the mean streets of New York City, environmental activists have made use of a politics of play, direct action, and community organizing to engage others in the struggle for non-polluting transportation. And today, we’re feeling the backlash.

Read the entire article here.

1 comment to Ben Shepard on the Bike Crackdown

  • Skinny John

    NYPD CYCLIST EXTORTION CAMPAIGN AMBUSH 2.3.11 @ 19TH & 8TH MANH. BY JACK-BOOTED THUG NESDILL, BADGE #6853! BEWARE!