Fact Check: New York Post Has No Idea Who Planned NYC Bike Lanes

More evidence that the Post’s campaign to vilify NYC cyclists and discredit bike infrastructure is mainly just a personal vendetta…

In today’s installment of invective, the paper turns its attention to SoHo, where SUVs crowd the narrow roadbed and squeeze pedestrians onto sidewalks overflowing with foot traffic, but where Post reporters only have eyes for the cycling “boors” getting into “close scrapes or near-collisions” at a rate of once every 15 minutes. “All that came in an area where Mayor Mike and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan remade the roadway in an effort to make streets safer,” opine the authors.

Well, Lafayette and Prince are safer with bike lanes than they would be without them, but not because of our current transportation commissioner.

As one astute commenter noted this morning, the Post is apparently laboring under the illusion that bike lanes were never striped in New York City until the current DOT regime. But the Lafayette Street bike lane traces its origins to the early 1990s, while the Prince Street bike lane is part of a plan initiated under Iris Weinshall.

Facts just don’t matter when you’re in bikelash land.

  • Marsha Karmer’s iguana

    Yup!

  • wkgreen

    They chose this location as a convergence of cycling, vehicular, and pedestrian traffic that is taylor made for conflict and because it’s near where one way Lafayette St. changes directions to go the opposite way. How else would they get 15% of riders going the wrong way?

  • Anonymous

    Facts don’t matter when you’re writing for the Post.

    This is why the city should name class one bike lanes after people–like streets. It could be a status symbol for the politically powerful, rather than a thorn. How easy would it be to come out against the Rudy Giuliani bike lane, or the Charles Schumer Bike Lane?

  • Joe R.

    Where I live, the bike lane on 73rd Avenue in Queens, between Main Street and Francis Lewis Blvd., has existed at least since we moved here in 1978. The one on Jewel Avenue between Main Street and 137th Street was there from at least the early 1980s ( the section between Main Street and 164th Street was installed a few years ago ). Bike lanes are hardly a novel or recent concept.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    How does anyone even trust the observations by their reporters in the field if they can’t even fact check the easiest “fact” in their story? Their numbers could be made up. But there are red light runners and folks going the wrong way on that lane all the time. I work right by there and when I leave I walk my bike the half block to start riding on Grand Street versus wrong-way riding, and I am glad I do because it looks like I may have saved my self yet another ticket!

  • Tom

    There’s a plan?

    You know what they say: Man plans, God laughs.

  • Mike

    well..the post is written by and for morons so…

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