A recent NY Times poll just revealed 66% of New Yorkers think the bike lanes are a good thing. This may be insight that the cycle friendly direction the city has taken may be starting to gain acceptance.
There is also information that New Yorkers are less than enthusiastic about the proposed bike sharing program that has been delayed until spring next year.
From the Times:
Most New Yorkers Say Bike Lanes Are a Good Idea
By: Michael M. Grynbaum & Marjorie Connelly
Published: August 21, 2012
Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times
A bicycle lane near the Williamsburg Bridge along South Second Street.
Bicycle lanes may be little more than painted stripes on concrete, but in New York City, they have become the stuff of lawsuits, neighborhood squabbles and tense debates over the proper role of government.
Now, six years after the Bloomberg administration began its controversial campaign to re-edit the city’s streetscape, adding 255 miles of bicycle lanes onto streets previously dedicated to automobiles, a hard-fought acceptance for the lanes may finally be at hand.
When asked simply whether New York’s bike lanes were a good idea or a bad idea, 66 percent of New Yorkers said they thought bike lanes were a good idea, according to a new poll by The New York Times. A majority in all boroughs said they thought the lanes were a good idea, with support highest in Manhattan.
Read the entire article: here.
Meanwhile, as cyclists we are still dealing with severe police harassment, even when we use the bike lanes. Here is a recent report from Brian Gluck, owner of Red Lantern Bicyclesin Fort Greene Brooklyn. He was rammed by an NYPD car while riding in Grand Army Plaza with his child.
“My son and I were just run off the road by the NYPD in Grand Army Plaza. They rammed their car into my bike and made me crash into a parked car. They said my son was not allowed to be on the back of the big dummy (cargo bike designed by Surly) I disagreed and they both stood toe to toe with me shouting questions. Am I drunk? Do I know the law more than they do? Where do I live? They asked me for my I.D. My son is crying. They gave my I.D. back to me. I asked if they were going to give me a ticket. They said no, let us go and made me walk. We both had helmets, lights, a bell and were in the bike lane. We had not run any red lights. We are still shaken up. More details to come.”
I saw this posted on Saturday, August 18th on Red Lantern’s facebook page.
It seems ludicrous that the police could be so callous, especially with a young child involved, but many of the 49 comments attached to this post claim of similar experiences. What kind of message does this send to our children?
If the above poll points to signs of the city accepting bike lanes, then Brian’s personal account is a sign we have miles to go with the NYPD.
What are your opinions on bike lanes, the bike sharing program and this report by a Brooklyn parent and cyclist? Do you have similar experiences with the police?