The 2013 New York City Mayoral election is being closely followed by an unlikely community – bicyclists. The New York Times reports that after a twelve-year reign of bicycle-friendly Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the next mayor might not support the aggressive campaign for making New York City streets safe and accessible to its cycling community. Transportation Alternatives is actively lobbying potential candidates for an even more aggressive push forward.
However, city cyclists aren’t all on the same side of the road when it comes to the effectiveness of bike lanes. While some fell safer in them on busy roadways like Manhattan’s Tenth Avenue, other feel they are more a target for injury when they utilize them.
Additionally, while bicycle summonses dropped almost 20 percent from 53, 842 in 2012 to 44,749 in 2012, many bicyclists still cling to the notion that New York State and New York City traffic rules should not apply to them as they do cars. At the same time, they claim that motor vehicles need to respect them as vehicles on the roadway. Realization of the contradiction between these two notions as well as self-enforcement of the traffic rules would go a long way to gain even more support towards making New York City safe for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike.