Here are some good talking points for the holiday table for New Yorkers, especially if you are a biker and you want to challenge friends and family about the new 250 miles of bike lanes were installed. The New York Times has brought together five authors and advocate for livable streets, the excellent points about bike paths and weather you or not here in New York work to bring.
As part of the time's section, "Room for debate," first we'll hear Alex Marshall, a columnist for governing magazine, and author of the book: "how cities (work)"He has the interesting features what the city to get more cyclists on the streets and better relations with driver including elimination one-way streets like Kent Ave and enforcement of traffic rules for drivers.
Read more here.
Then there is a financial writer for Reuters, recently a few articles about the realities of bicycling in NYC wrote. Felix Salmon,His attitude is basically, were all just impatient and not really expect that to be the city Copenhagen overnight.
Read his side of the debate here.
Next to his is Robert Sullivan, who as editor of Vouge environmentally concious blog writer acceptable way brought The Thoreau don't know he also gives us socially to ride on the sidewalk, the silt.He cracked some jokes about cyclists, taking the bike of haters attitude out reasons of comedy and was then to advocate for higher ticketing of the driver, the law break.
Next Sam Staley is the Director of the urban use, and land policy Reason Foundation and the co-author of "mobility first: a new vision for transportation in a globally competitive 21st century."
He is confident the controversy over bike lanes, necessary debate on the practical possibilities will stir up to make more habitable NYC. Read what he has to say here.
And finally it is Caroline Samponaro, Director of the bicycle advocacy for transportation alternatives. Seems to have much of statistics to the increase of cycling because cycling (perhaps to the point can borrow you) and are positive arguments for the streets.
Read more here.
I agree with many of the points to bring these authors and advocates to light. Above all, I believe our planet is in crisis and regardless of the weather you are a difficult driver or a hard core riding year-round bike nut, we are all in this together. It is very interesting and at the same time frightening to see, as the debate on bike paths has pointed out how deep the car culture in our mentalities runs until point were people are willing, reckless driving, pollution, security and public health vs less congestion, clean air and a better way of life to argue. Sure we all bitched at the smoking ban at first and now, beautiful, your brains out at a bar to drink? We work for a safer, healthier, cleaner city for 2011.
Please feel free to send your comments to points of these people and questions about cycling in General.