There’s been some good bike coverage in the New York Times.
On Saturday, Op-Ed Columnist Frank Bruni wrote about his recent ride with D.O.T. commissioner, Janette Sadik-Kahn. They talked about her critics, vision and inevitable legacy.
by: Frank Bruni
published: September 10, 2011
“Something lovely and all too rare happened to Janette Sadik-Khan, New York Cityâ€™s frequently demonized transportation commissioner, as she and I rode our bikes down Park Avenue South one morning last month: Sadik-Khan got unsolicited, unfettered praise.
It came from a young cyclist who happened to pull up beside us, glanced over at her and suddenly beamed.
â€œOh, itâ€™s you!â€ he stammered, then mentioned that he owned a bicycle shop and had recently placed a newspaper ad publicly thanking her for her cycling advocacy. â€œYouâ€™re going to leave a legacy, you know.â€
Read more: here.
From the SPOKES column:
Women With Wrenches
by: Jed Lipinski
published: September 11th, 2011
“On most days, Katlyn Hershman can be found smeared with grease, plying her skills as a mechanic at Bike Works NYC, a shop on the Lower East Side. When she answers the store phone, though, all that toil and expertise can suddenly seem invisible.
â€œGuys automatically ask for the mechanic,â€ she said. â€œBut I donâ€™t really take it personally.â€
Ms. Hershman, 25, has a loyal clientele of cyclists, both men and women. And she has the satisfaction of being one of a small but growing number of New York women making their mark in a trade that was a men-only preserve not so long ago.
Read the entire article: here.