Some of the larger US Cities have people heading their transport departments that are very positive towards cycling as a mode of transport. Janette Sadik-Khan in New York and Gabe Klein in Chicago are two examples:
“When forward-thinking Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein reported for work on May 16 as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new administration, it marked a sea change in the city’s priorities. After spending most of the twentieth century trying to make it easier to drive, City Hall was switching its focus to promoting healthier modes: walking, biking and transit”.
“Even though she’s been called a rock star in cycling-advocacy circles, Janette Sadik-Khan doesn’t want too much credit for transforming New York City into one of the nation’s most bike-friendly cities. She says Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the visionary, and she’s merely the doer—the one executing his plan. But few have ever been as relentlessly effective at superimposing a bicycle-oriented agenda onto a big city. As Sadik-Khan’s tenure winds down with one of her crowning achievements—the launch of the Citi Bike program—she takes a moment to ponder her legacy, mount a typically feisty defense of her work, and look ahead. (From Bike.com)
But there are some detractors of bicycles and bike share in New York, including the editorial staff at the Wall Street Journal. In a great display of biased and self-serving journalism, they are comprehensively slagging cycling in New York. “It is shocking to walk around the city now begrimed by these new bikes” and “the bicyclist are the most dangerous thing in the city, more dangerous than the yellow cabs”. More here…
Just can’t please them all…..
(The featured photo is from Damon Winter/The New York Times)