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The ethics of riding in NYC

“The advantages? Exercise, no parking problems, gas prices, it’s fun. An automobile is expensive. You have to find a place to park and it’s not fun. So why not ride a bicycle? I recommend.”

That is US supreme court justice Stephan G. Breyer who bike commutes to work.

I just learned that from this great Op-Ed in the NY Times. Randy Cohen makes some great arguments for his own ethical code for riding in NYC, which this blogger totally agrees with:

Thanks to feminist zine writer Elly Blue for pointing this out.

NY Times Sunday Review
If Kant were a New York Cyclist
By: Randy Cohen
Published: August 4th, 2012
20120806-100901.jpgArt by: André de Loba

THE rule-breaking cyclist that people decry: that’s me. I routinely run red lights, and so do you. I flout the law when I’m on my bike; you do it when you are on foot, at least if you are like most New Yorkers. My behavior vexes pedestrians, drivers and even some of my fellow cyclists. Similar conduct has stuck cyclists with tickets and court-ordered biking education classes.

But although it is illegal, I believe it is ethical. I’m not so sure about your blithely ambling into the intersection against the light while texting and listening to your iPod and sipping a martini. More or less.

Read more: here.

1 comment to The ethics of riding in NYC

  • i suppose we all have our own cycling ethics. but i still want to punch other cyclists who ride the wrong way in a bike lane coming at me. maybe that should by my ethos.