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The Villager and Time’s Up team up to write a column.

The Villager is partnering up with Time’s Up for a weekly column about bike related issues, Spin City.

Here is the first installment written by Time’s Up volunteer, Keegan:

Communication breakdown: Bikers and critics just can’t see eye to eye.
By: Keegan Stephan
Published: September 6th, 2012

Bicycling has become one of the most volatile subjects in New York City. Almost no other topic inspires such passionate responses from both sides; few people have no opinion on the issue, and there are virtually no “middle-of-the-road” points of view. Some of our most esteemed writers have spent countless column inches trying to convince people one way or the other.
About a month ago, Randy Cohen, the original “Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine, came out of retirement to write a column about why he believes the way he and thousands of other New Yorkers commute on their bicycles is ethical, if illegal. Two weeks later, in his review of the new movie “Premium Rush,” Will Leitch, founding editor of Deadspin, posited that almost all cyclists, even if they are perfectly pleasant and normal in the rest of their lives, become rude and dismissive of everyone else the moment they mount their bikes.

Stephan is a member of Time’s Up!, a New York City-based cycling advocacy and environmental organization.

Read the entire article: here.

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