|Smith St at Fulton: as it was before it became a symbol|
of the city's vacillation about cyclists.
|The Manhattan Bridge bike lane on bike-to-work day:|
I don't want to see more bike traffic jams like this - but there's
a clear progressive case for encouraging these people
to keep riding their bikes.
There is no good reason either why, with better cycle provision, people in some of
New York and many other cities would be a better, fairer place if more of its citizens were getting about by bicycle. Increasing the share of journeys made by bicycle should, consequently, be part of the progressive agenda alongside more obvious causes such as improving urban education and housing. But, if progressives continue to lack political courage when tackling car-dependency or conservatives stay entrenched in power, it’s hard to imagine conditions improving dramatically in the immediate future.