Daily News to Cyclists: You Don’t Count

In today’s Daily News, cartoonist Bill Bramhall continues the paper’s recent assault on Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and the city’s efforts to make biking safer. He manages to simultaneously imply that New Yorkers who bike are a freakish spectacle and that they don’t exist.

According to the most recent Department of Health survey, more than half a million New Yorkers bike several times per month. If you’re one of them, the email address you want to reply to is voicers@edit.nydailynews.com.

  • vnm

    Motorists advocate for themselves by their sheer size of their cars. Bicyclists and bus passengers are harder to see, and need external advocates in order to be recognized. We’d all have to ride around with 10-foot-tall orange sails over our bikes in order to get the same attention that cars get automatically.

  • Motorists also advocate for themselves with honking. I think it might be their most effective tool.

  • Anon

    He perfectly captures the image of the poor schlubs who have to get out of the way of the elites in the bike lanes. Is it an intentional accuracy that the downtrodden walkers and driver are overweight and white, while the bikers at least do not share one of those characteristics?

  • fdr

    Bloomberg should like this, it makes him look tall.

  • Note how everyone depicted in the cartoon is visibly overweight, except for the bicyclists? Note also how the cartoon Bloomberg’s waist is even narrower than the cartoon Sadik-Kahn’s waist? The cartoonist seems to have some fitness envy going on here.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “According to the most recent Department of Health survey, more than half a million New Yorkers bike several times per month.”

    And the paying readership of the Daily News is somewhat less than that. Anyone care to bet on number doing both?

  • danberkman

    For all the anti-bike lane crusaders, the entire issue comes down this simple statement:

    Normal people drive cars(or walk) and people who ride bikes are spandex wearing, crazy idiots.

    There’s no argument here, there’s no set of facts that proves this false. That’s what’s great about stereotypes and good conspiracy theories. They’re always impossible to disprove. The best thing for bike lanes and biking in general is just to get more people out there riding. I’m sure my parents would be in the reactionary NIMBY camp on the UES, but their son rides a bike and when they see cyclists on the streets they don’t think they’re crazy idiots because their son(not usually a crazy idiot) rides a bike.

    It’s like a vaccine. You don’t need every single person in the city to ride a bike, you just need enough so that most people know someone who rides a bike. Eventually, you’ll start to see improvement.

  • J

    Lets not forget that spring and summer are right around the corner, and bike share is next year, which will do wonders to keep the lanes full.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Lets not forget that spring and summer are right around the corner, and bike share is next year, which will do wonders to keep the lanes full.”

    That may be why the backlash is happening now. There has been enough growth to create opposition, but not yet enough to make going back impossible. It’s the last chance.

    We’ll see who in the City Council agrees to a bike share program, and if someone will sue to try to stop it.

    Anyone familiar with the oddesy of the street furniture/public restroom plan back when the likes of Steisel, Weinshall etc. were doing things the old way in the old context?

  • Aaron Naparstek

    To: voicers@edit.nydailynews.com

    Re: Bramhall’s World, February 8, 2011.

    To the Editor:

    I wish you guys would make up your mind. The other day you told us cyclists were menacing New York City streets and in need of dire NYPD enforcement. Now apparently no one is riding bikes and bike lanes are a big waste of space. Both of these things can’t be true. So, which is it? Why are you running this vendetta against New Yorkers who simply want a safe way to get around the city on two wheels?

    — Aaron Naparstek

  • Marcia Kramer’s Eyebrow

    Is that Tony Aiello sticking his head out of the car?

  • tom

    If you’re one of the half-million bikers who bike several times a month, help the DoH validate their number by email to query@health,nyc.gov.

    Bicycle League of America can’t, the US Census can’t, NYCDOT can’t.

  • Lois Carsbad

    Members of the press have very short memories. By April or May the story will be that there are too many bikers in the bike lanes!

    The Daily News will just photoshop this editorial cartoon by adding in two dozen more cyclists.

  • fdr

    Maybe Bloomberg and Sadik-Khan are salmoning. That would explain how so few bicyclists can be so dangerous.

  • There are too many cyclists! They terrorize pedestrians! They break all the laws! They invade the streets!

    *5 minutes later*

    Bike lanes are a waste of money! NOBODY bikes! They’re always empty!

  • I <3 these comments.

  • Marcia Kramer’s Eyebrow

    I think I can see Iris & Chuck in that crowd of people on the sidewalk.

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