Love and Hate

Time’s Up had a rocking party on Friday to show love for all cyclists in NYC. Their bash included a chocolate fountain and burlesque dancers, what more do you need.

See more photos here.

Meanwhile the press is continuing to show hate towards cyclists and continuing to tow the party line that some how bike lanes are the cause of traffic problems. Take CBS’s Marcia Kramer who has focused her lens on the Prospect Park Bike lane. (for the third time) Some how the bike lane is the cause of major congestion to the point where emergency vehicles are detained and forced to drive in the bike lane in order to save lives. Sure, I mean it must be all those bicycles blocking traffic and have nothing to do with double parked cars who don’t move when they hear sirens blaring.

Check out the story here on Streetsblog. Oh yeah, you’ll have to sit through a car commercial first before seeing the CBS story.

I mean it’s fair and balanced journalism right? I mean why would Marcia Kramer have any allegiance to any public official who’d be out to do in the bike lane in?

CBS’s Kramer shown here all buddy buddy with Senator Charles Schumer who just happens to live on Prospect Park West and is trying to get the bike lane removed.

Which you can read about in the NY POST.
Not in Chuck’s back yard!
February 6, 2011
by David Seifman

Sen. Chuck Schumer may be an avid cyclist, but he’s no fan of the bike lane the city installed along his Prospect Park West street last summer.
Sources said Schumer — who has yet to take a public position on the 19-block bike corridor — shared his feelings privately with some members of the City Council.
“He’s asked legislators what they’re going to do about [this and other] bike lanes,” said one source.
A Schumer spokesman declined comment.
The state’s senior US senator is in a tough position.
He’s a longtime cyclist himself and doesn’t want to come off as the heavy in a battle with green-friendly constituents.

Read more: here.

Gothamist’s John Del Signore makes some interesting points about the CBS coverage and this video scapegoating the cyclists.

A couple of things about the video used in this segment. First, because it only shows one camera angle, we have no idea what’s causing this traffic jam. Is there an accident up ahead that the ambulance was trying to get to? Is Marty Markowitz in the middle of the road doing the Truffle Shuffle to the tune of Take This Lane and Shove It? Correlation does not imply causation, and assuming that this traffic is caused by that bike lane is just that—an assumption. Later in the segment, reporter Marcia Kramer is repeatedly shown alongside a jam-free PPW, so what does that tell you? Secondly, a study has shown that not only is speeding is down on PPW, but there is no discernible difference between pre-bike lane and post-bike lane travel times on PPW.

Read more here.

Instead of moving us forward to the promised land of cycling progress, this hate is having a negative effect including hindering plans for more bike lanes in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Paper reports a community board has dropped the discussion.

Mean Streets
Bike lanes — the third rail of New York City politics
By Gary Buiso
The Brooklyn Paper

City officials scrubbed a scheduled meeting set for this week on a new pair of bike lanes in Park Slope — which some see as evidence that a backlash against cycle paths is having an impact.
Community Board 6’s Transportation Committee said last week that its Feb. 17 meeting would include a discussion of new bike lanes on 14th and 15th streets between Third Avenue and Prospect Park West, near the controversial Prospect Park West lane.

Read the article here.

Meanwhile a study was released in Montreal which found separated bike lanes reduce risk to cyclists.

Read more in this article:

Cyclists shouldn’t ‘share the road,’ they should have their own
by Elly Blue
14 Feb 2011 10:14 AM

It’s long been the most controversial issue in bicycling:
Should people on bikes ride in traffic with cars, using the same infrastructure and following the same procedures (a style of riding known as “Vehicular Cycling”)?
Should we ride on the sidewalks and off-road paths, with pedestrians?
Or should we have our own place to ride that’s designed specifically for bicycling?
Like Goldilocks, we’ve tried all these options. Riding with faster, heavier cars is hard on us. Riding with slower, roaming pedestrians is hard on them. Only when we have our own place in traffic are things anywhere near just right.

Read more here.

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