Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bike Lane

The mayor's office has recently designated sections of the streets into bike lanes all over in the city . Cyclists are ecstatic about the change; automobile drivers, not so much. As for me, I don't drive nor bike so I'll reserve my judgment until later.

One thing I will have to do now is watch out for speeding bicycles as they careen down the street. They are not as easily noticeable as cars, that's for sure. But they do less damage than a car coming at you at 45 mph.

Personally, I rather hike than bike. What about you?

22 comments:

• Eliane • said...

Weren't you dreaming about a dashing Vespa? Hmm?

I think this is a wonderful initiative. I applaud it. I even think NYC should go for the Velib experience like they did in Paris (and in Brussels with little success - too hilly, too comberstomby).
The irony of this whole thing is that most office buildings do not even have a bike room. Or let bikes inside their buildings. Would you leave your bike in the street in Times Square? I didn't think so.

USelaine said...

I walk. Bike seats need to get more comfortable.

Virginia said...

I'm not very tolerant of bikers. Sorry. Keep em in a lane to themselves and I'll be happy.

Chuck Pefley said...

A major arterial that I travel too frequently has just suffered the same fate. What was 3 lanes each direction has now turned into 2 plus a bus/bike lane. I'm peeved because in many instances like this lane limitation motorcycles are allowed as well. Perhaps this can be changed. I'm going to give it a go.

Olivier said...

le vélo en ville, j'aime pas trop, je trouve cela dangereux, les voitures et les bus ne font pas attention ;o(

cycling in the city, I do not like too much, I think this is dangerous, cars and buses do not pay attention ;o(

Peter said...

We get more and more of these bike lanes also in Paris. Bikes are also allowed to use the special bus and taxi lanes. However biking is still dangerous. I sometimes use one of the 30 thousand bikes which are now available in Paris. (... but I mostly use my small elctrical motor bike, a copy of the here famous Solex.)

ken mac said...

Right, look left, look right, look up, the Manhattan street tango!

teahouse said...

I agree that biking is good, but I must say that a lot of bikers in NYC do not obey the rules. Especially food delivery guys.

The other day I saw one coming the wrong way down a one-way street run over a pedestrian, get up and muttering, bike off. The pedestrian got up with difficulty and yelled sarcastically, "Don't worry about me; I'm fine!" Both were lucky nobody was more hurt. But it was pretty callous of the bike guy to just leave like that.

Wayne said...

Nope you can't even hear them coming. You won't even know what hit you Ming.

It's a great idea long overdue.

Ming said...

Biking in the city seems highly dangerous. And sweaty!

Mame said...

I love that the city is making biking easier. Maybe it means that some cyclists will stop going down one-way streets the wrong way. Maybe it means that there will be fewer cars (that would be amazing). Maybe it means some people will stay in better shape. Maybe it means more taxis for me! I think we cannot accurately estimate the positive psychological effects of just seeing a bike lane. It says a lot about the city - makes me proud.

Anonymous said...

Another great shot of a street in NYC with lots of trees. Where is this one located? I'm always amazed that you find these great locations.

Forget bikes in fast-paced LA. There are many areas with bike lanes -- and drivers who use them and crowd out bikers!

Doris

d. chedwick said...

I'm a hiker not a biker--I can hike all day long.
I'm part of a Blogger get together on Sept 27, but I hear from seattle Chuck that you're hosting one earlier, can I invite myself, and if yes, can I get details?

Thanks,

Chedwick

Lily Hydrangea said...

I agree with Mame.but also, maybe on eday we'll be like the Copenhagen Cycle Chic as well!

L.Shaw said...

Between watching out for cyclists and the the new obstructing traffic law which went into effect today, I'll take the subway.

babooshka said...

That lane looks wide for bikes. Living on an island, you gorget anbout congestion and traffic jams, so no need for bike lanes.

Alexa said...

I do have a bike, so I appreciate any bike lane the city wants to create, so I don't have to ride on the sidewalk (which is reserved —in principle, at least—for riders aged 12 and under).
That said, I'd rather hike than bike any day—and am headed for the Cinque Terre in Italy next month to do just that (can't wait!).

NYD said...

C'mon, lanes in New Yawk?!

When was the last time you saw anyone : pedestrian, cyclist, motorist or rollerblader obeying traffic laws?

It's a good idea for most places, but I can imagine a taxi cutting off a bike in order to get a fare.

Really nice shots of the Chelsea area! More. More. More!

TCho said...

I like either, but my pet peeve is bikers who don't think they need to obey traffic signs or just plain courtesy.

Thinking Fool said...

I wish cops would start ticketing bicylists for running red lights. So, in other words, what tcho just said!

Dusty Lens said...

Actually, I enjoy both. I enjoy hiking, easy to carry a camera and or tripod. Biking, to get further away to witness new scenes with a camera.

thwany said...

whenever i cross the street, i look out more for people on bikes than cars. i've had way more close calls with bikes.