Re: [messengers] City must end this 'cycle' of violence

Date: 19 Aug 2010 21:25:54 +0200
From: eoin mcnulty-goodwin <eoinmcnultygoodwin@xxxxxxxxx>


i love the way she refers to people who have 'survived' bike hits
too........cause obviously most people who get hit by a bicycle are
instantly killed....hmm !

On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 1:17 PM, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>
> You have to love Andrea Peyser. It seems like she writes one of these every
> couple of years. I love her choice of words: "demon cyclists", "two-wheeled
> street hogs", "assassin wannabes". I was disappointed she didn't use
> kamikaze or terrorist this time
>
>
> City must end this 'cycle' of violence
>
>
>
>  New York
> Post, August 19, 2010
>
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> By Andrea Peyser
>
>
>
> It's hell on wheels out there. Police say they're cracking
> down on demon bicyclists, papering lawless delivery men and two-wheeled
> street
> hogs with tickets like expensive confetti. But just 48 hours after the city
> announced it was handing hundreds of $50 summonses to assassin wannabes who
> ignore stop signs and dart giddily on sidewalks, terrorizing senior
> citizens
> and small animals, it was business as usual.
>
>
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>
>
> As you can see at right, it isn't safe on two feet.
>
>
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>
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> "There's a certain green superiority complex," said
> Village resident Margarita, 36, the victim of a near-miss. "They're
> obnoxious."
>
>
>
>
>
> And lethal.
>
>
>
>
>
> A visit to a new bicycle lane in the East
>  Village yesterday, the brainchild of a
> mayor who can't stand cars except his own, revealed Dodge City . Bicycles
> zoomed the wrong way on
> a one-way path, ignoring traffic lights, helmet laws and decency.
>
>
>
>
>
> Taking my life into my hands, I stopped deliveryman Ivan
> Zamora, 25, as he ignored signs and rode in the opposite direction of
> arrows
> painted on First Avenue .
> He removed his noise-blocking headphones.
>
>
>
>
>
> "I think it's OK" to ride the wrong way, said Zamora . "The cops no
> give me a ticket."
>
> Just then, I saw a policeman roaming the bike lane, and
> asked if he planned to write summonses for lawbreaking riders. The cop said
> no,
> explaining that he specialized in ticketing cars, not bikes.
>
>
>
>
>
> From out of the blue, a bicycle sped around the corner,
> ignoring a red light, an intersection filled with pedestrians, the cop. And
> me.
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>
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> It's official.
>
>
>
>
>
> You see them coming from the corner of your eye, if you're
> lucky. Fearless bike riders, whom Mayor Bloomberg and his minions see as
> the
> green glory of New York , have morphed into
> what a police spokesman said was the Upper East Side 's
> No. 1 quality-of-life menace. It goes further. You hear it in the
> close-call
> stories shared by every pedestrian ever to tread the sidewalks. You see it
> in
> the crutches borne by a colleague who survived a hit.
>
>
>
>
>
> "It feels like civil war," declared Nancy Gruskin
> of New Jersey .
>
>
>
>
>
> She should know.
>
> Last year, Nancy 's
> husband of 16 years, Stuart, an athletic 50, was run down in Midtown by a
> bike
> deliveryman riding the wrong way on a one-way street. Three days later,
> Stuart
> died of head injuries, leaving behind 12-year-old twins. The deliveryman
> faced
> no criminal charges.
>
>
>
>
>
>  Nancy
> has dedicated her life to making streets safer. It doesn't help that the
> government is in deep denial, plunking down some 200 bike lanes since
> Stuart
> was killed, and failing to enforce the law.
>
>
>
>
>
> But while Nancy 's
> research -- and reams of anecdotal evidence -- indicates things are
> increasingly desperate, the city says there's no problem. The Department of
> Transportation reports that last year, 49 pedestrians survived bike hits.
> The
> official number has decreased from 2001, when 130 bike-walker accidents
> were
> recorded.
>
>
>
>
>
> The numbers belie a recent Hunter College
> study that found, among other outrages, that a whopping 37 percent of bike
> riders routinely blow through stop lights. More than 10 percent ride the
> wrong
> way. And helmets? A joke to two-thirds of cyclists.
>
>
>
>
>
> But a spokesman for the bike group Transportation
> Alternatives, which bike-safety activists contend has achieved outsize
> influence over this administration, insists that cars are the real
> culprits.
>
>
>
>
>
> "Bicyclists and pedestrians are fighting over the
> scraps given over to cars," said deputy director Noah Budnick.
>
>
>
>
>
> Still, Nancy
> isn't the only one suspicious of the city's rosy bike picture.
>
>
>
>
>
> Jack Brown once ran the Hi-Ho Cyclery bike shop. Now, he
> runs the Coalition Against Rogue Riding, an organization he founded after a
> 2005 epiphany. Walking four blocks in the rain through the East Village ,
> "I nearly got clipped five times" by bikes, he said.
>
> "It felt like I was in a bar fight -- you never know
> where it's going to come from next. I was shaking. I was in shock."
>
>
>
>
>
> Bicycle riders who run roughshod over the city should face
> the law. If not, bike lanes must be painted over, criminals stopped.
>
>
>
>
>
> Give us back our streets.
>
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