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They now have a cop with a radar gun regularly hanging out at EP and Washington.
I wonder if it's going to result in additional enforcement in Prospect Park as well.
it is perhaps incumbent upon cyclists to be required to obtain insurance, just as virtually every other form of transportation is required to have. Probably skateboarders also
In terms of injuries within NYC parks, it would not surprise me if bikers hit about the same number of peds as those hit by motor vehicles.We should probably figure out a way to measure their impact on the overall park experience (discounting accidents) as well.
why the hesitancy to protect the most vulnerable?
Did you think about any of this for more than five seconds, homeowner?
I am ok with the present system, wherein peds have the right of way and police periodically go on ticket blitzes against bikers.Despite such blitzes being all over the news, 100s of bikers fail to adapt for the length of the blitz and are ticketed.
1) Peds have the right of way throughout parks. You would need to change that first.
2) You would also have to convince the masses that more rights and space for bikes in parks would somehow benefit them, whether they road a bike or not.
3) Why are you bringing up cars and bike infrastructure in a conversation about parks?
1) We don't have to agree on methods to pursue the same goals.
2) For example, many parks have gone the very effective route of prohibiting bikes.
3) Do you believe that bikers need more allies to achieve our goals in parks?
@Mikedunlap, outside of Prospect, Central, Van Cortland, and Flushing Meadows, are there other parks that you think could handle the kind of infrastructure you speak of? It seems to me that in the vast majority of NYC parks there isn't enough real estate to create a bike "infrastructure" without encroaching on existing open space or reducing the walkways to allow for separated roadways. So are you really only talking about the largest park in each borough, or do you envision "infrastructure" in all parks?
Other cities have certainly grown tired of bikes to the degree that they have considered banning them from parks:http://m.savannahnow.com/news/2014-06-27/savannah-considering-forsyth-park-bike-ban#gsc.tab=0Restrictions regarding hours they are allowed is done by others. Google is helpful in this regard.One can also read Transportation Planning magazines, or go to bike advocacy sites. The latter tend to use terms like "oppression", "short sighted", etc
You appeared to need the help.
In many ways he personifies the callous indifference to the well being of others that some New Yorkers exhibit in terms of street safety.
Many parks have prohibited cyclists.
@mike_dunlap I find it really sad that a lady is horribly mugged, beaten and people here are freaking out. Another lady got run over by multiple cars on Flatbush over the summer and people here were tripping over themselves to defend the drivers i.e. her killers. It's sad when our neighbors will condone one type of violence, which ended in a death which was likely a homicide, and condemn another. You are right however this attitude of callousness and victim blaming is slowly but surely becoming uncouth. Sometimes change is scary and even enlightened people who in other situations would be progressive will scream against it. However, Brooklynian is not the world and the calls for reform have become so strong that despite what some might think the wheels of change are in motion. For the record I condemn ALL acts of violence against my fellow citizens.
@mike_dunlap I find it really sad that a lady is horribly mugged, beaten and people here are freaking out. Another lady got run over by multiple cars on Flatbush over the summer and people here were tripping over themselves to defend the drivers i.e. her killers.
John McEnroe rants against 'lunatic' cyclists in Central Park: http://pagesix.com/2014/10/21/john-mcenroe-rants-against-lunatic-cyclists-in-central-park/?_ga=1.196329580.1965030224.1401028033
John McEnroe rants against 'lunatic' cyclists in Central Park: http://pagesix.com/2014/10/21/john-mcenroe-rants-against-lunatic-cyclists-in-central-park/?_ga=1.196329580.1965030224.1401028033"I love to mountain bike."Ha. This is an automatic within any Boomer rant against cyclists (and it is almost always car-addicted Boomers who go on these rants). Gotta cite your bike cred... the funny thing is that it's always non-commuting bike usage they cite (e.g. riding around Prospect Park). It's also so transparently phony most of the time. These ranting Boomers hate bike commuters. They want streets entirely to themselves and are totally cool with all kinds of traffic violence, often opposing even the most minor changes to street infrastructure and laws proven to reduce fatalities.
So what are the minor changes in biking infrastructure that would reduce fatalities in parks that you would support? If reducing the number from 2 to zero was possible through the implementation of speed bumps, signal enforcement, ticketing etc. would that be an acceptable reduction?