| [New York City] does have a growing network of relatively
| safe bike lanes (thanks largely in part to Mayor Bloomberg).
=v= Bloomie has been no friend to bicyclists. Under his watch,
the NYPD has increased its harrassment of bicyclists and have
taken to seizing locked, parked bicycles (a Giuliani-era law
designed to roust the homeless by seizing "abandoned property"
has been misapplied to parked, locked, bicycles). NYC has been
a great biking city for years, and I've always been far more
concerned with theft than a shortage of double-parking lanes,
oops, I mean bike lanes.
=v= Though parking remains a huge problem, there has been some
considerable improvement in greenways, expanded carfree hours
in the parks, and the proposed carfree Summer Streets. If a
politician must be credited, all this has been going on since
Janette Sadik-Khan was put in charge of the Department of
Transportation last year. I think the true credit belongs,
though, to the vibrant and visionary bicycle activist community
that has been tirelessly pushing on these issues for years.