Eyes on the Street: The Press Get a Working Cyclist’s Perspective on DSK

This was the scene outside 153 Franklin Street last night. Yes, that is a reporter’s notebook, but they’re not talking about what it’s like to bike all day in the midst of speeding cabbies, aggressive SUV drivers, and trucks a hundred times bigger than you, delivering food to impatient customers while getting demonized in the press with startling frequency. A tipster writes:

What’s this, a reporter interviewing a cyclist to get a balanced perspective on the livable streets movement?

No, they’re finding out what Dominique Strauss-Kahn had delivered for dinner.

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