A lot of New Yorkers are still complaining about the bike lanes and the eco-friendly direction the city has taken, providing more space to non-polluting transportation.
A lot of these opinions are based on entitlement, permiated by a deep rooted car culture engrained in us from the first time we played with a toy car.
Sometimes these opinions can change when people hop on a bike and actually see first hand the infrastructure changes that have taken place in NYC.
This is the case for a recent reporter who wrote this essay in the New York Times:
Pleasures of Life in the Slow Lane
by: Michael Kimmelman
published: November 7, 2011
New Yorkers should love bicycling. We’re control freaks. We want to get from here to there in a New York minute and moan about the subways and the buses, about lunatic taxi drivers and the gridlock that slows us down.
The other day I jumped on my bicycle and rode downtown to meet Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner for New York City. She is the driving force behind the city’s new bike lanes.
Read the essay, here.