Fact Check: New York Post Has No Idea Who Planned NYC Bike Lanes
More evidence that the Post’s campaign to vilify NYC cyclists and discredit bike infrastructure is mainly just a personal vendetta…
In today’s installment of invective, the paper turns its attention to SoHo, where SUVs crowd the narrow roadbed and squeeze pedestrians onto sidewalks overflowing with foot traffic, but where Post reporters only have eyes for the cycling “boors” getting into “close scrapes or near-collisions” at a rate of once every 15 minutes. “All that came in an area where Mayor Mike and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan remade the roadway in an effort to make streets safer,” opine the authors.
Well, Lafayette and Prince are safer with bike lanes than they would be without them, but not because of our current transportation commissioner.
As one astute commenter noted this morning, the Post is apparently laboring under the illusion that bike lanes were never striped in New York City until the current DOT regime. But the Lafayette Street bike lane traces its origins to the early 1990s, while the Prince Street bike lane is part of a plan initiated under Iris Weinshall.
Facts just don’t matter when you’re in bikelash land.