Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NEW HALL OF SHAME MEMBER

Back in March 2011, John Cassidy of "The New Yorker" complained that NYC's new bike lanes were getting in the way of his lumbering antique cars, (which he calls "heaps"). There followed an extended...ahem...reaction from Hall's fellow NYers who ride bikes, not cars, in the city's new cycling lanes (see bottom of the NYer article). The Economist weighed in with "The World is His Parking Spot." Taking the bait——indeed swallowing the hook whole——Hall attempted to justify himself with no fewer than 3 additional rants about why the city already had too many bike lanes. Mind you, he isn't opposed to all bike lanes. Some of his best friends are bike lanes...

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Cars being persecuted by selfish kids on bikes and inconsiderate women with baby carriages.

Nobody does print flame wars better than NYers so who knows where—or if—this will end. Meanwhile, John Cassidy has earned himself a place in the Social Biking Blog Biking Hall of Shame (see the right sidebar).