Even Fox News Digs Summer Streets

How much of a non-event was this year’s Summer Streets in terms of media critique? In this Fox News piece, via Crooks and Liars, the story isn’t traffic tie-ups or wacky spandex-clad elitists or howling business owners, but the fact that more everyday New Yorkers are taking to the streets on two wheels. Summer Streets, it seems, has become a mainstream event in just its second year. Reported the Downtown Express at the beginning of August:

"I thought last year it was going to cause havoc in the community," said John Fratta, chairperson of Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee. "For the most part I was pretty pleased. It was a nice event." He said he supports the event this year.

The Fox segment does refer to the questionable Hunter College study on unsafe cyclist behavior (without acknowledging more revealing data on the causes of bike-car collisions), and there’s a completely unsupported ticker squib that attributes complaints over spending on bike infrastructure to unnamed "critics." But these feel like token attempts to "balance" an otherwise positive story.

Who knows, maybe in a year or two even Steve Cuozzo will have to re-read his old columns to remember what he hated so much about car-free Times Square. 

  • Hmm… guessing Don Broderick didn’t write this segment?

  • Thomas

    No way bike ridership in New York City went up by 35% in one year. Though it is a Fox Fact.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I thought last year it was going to cause havoc in the community,” said John Fratta, chairperson of Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee. “For the most part I was pretty pleased. It was a nice event.” He said he supports the event this year.”

    If only enough people realized they would end up feeling the same way about health care reform.

  • Clutch J

    The stopped clock is right twice per day. Kudos to Fox on this one.

  • “Cuozzo.” Italian for moron.

  • jj

    Todays Washington Express (owned by the Post) had a sidebar about the successful summer streets events in NYC and a small pilot coming to DC (only 2 miles of closed roads)

  • Doug Irvine

    How do you have three “reporters” ask each other, “Can we bring our bike in the office?” and not one of them seems to have a clue about the recent NY legislation on exactly that?


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