Apparently bike lanes in New York City are wildly controversial. Setting aside the fact that bike lanes aren’t actually that controversial – the linked article indicates that bike-lane-supporters outnumber the nay-sayers 4 to 1 — who are these scrooges who are against bike lanes? I understand you want your three lanes of traffic instead of two, and you want to be able to double-park your van without getting a ticket, but come on. This is a big city with incredible public transportation and a whole lot of people; cars are necessary for some, but certainly we should be taking steps to make sure that all New Yorkers are able to get around cleanly, greenly, efficiently and safely. Bike lanes don’t eliminate the ability to drive a car; they aren’t “taking away your rights as a driver,” as some have claimed. They just make you drive a little bit slower (if even). And let’s be real: Drivers of cars are not regularly injured and killed by cyclists; it’s the other way around. With a growing number of people cycling, it’s imperative that the city offer bike lanes so that cyclists aren’t run over, doored, hit, or otherwise injured because they lacked sufficient street space. Drivers can take a deep breath and recognize that in a large and diverse city, sometimes you have to make way for your fellow citizens.
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