Anthony Weiner, enemy of congestion pricing and infamous bike lane antagonist, is talking about street design on the campaign trail. Though there was plenty of warning this day would come, it’s still kind of surreal.
Weiner told Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah he was just joking when he boasted to Michael Bloomberg and a room full of NYC Congress members, in 2010, that one of his first acts as mayor would be to “have a bunch of ribbon-cuttings tearing out all your [expletive] bike lanes.”
These days, Weiner would have us know that he’s a fob-carrying bike-share member, and that “I love bike lanes.”
But not the one on Broadway near his house, and not the one on Prospect Park West near the house of his political mentor, Chuck Schumer. Those two excellent street redesigns might still fall under the “tear out” category.
So this is the new Anthony Weiner. The reinvention is so dramatic we had to recycle the Weinermobile picture Streetsblog first used back in 2007.