STREETSBLOG INTERVIEW: Sean Avery Loves Saying ‘Fuck You’ to People Blocking Bike Lanes

The former New York Ranger doesn't care who he pisses off. 'People have called me a jerk or ass my whole entire life.'

Sean Avery posed on his fold up, electric Super 73 for Streetsblog  in Greenwich Village. Photo: Julianne Cuba.
Sean Avery posed on his fold up, electric Super 73 for Streetsblog in Greenwich Village. Photo: Julianne Cuba.

Sean Avery, the rambunctious former New York Ranger who fashions himself the “poster boy” for bike lanes, tools around the city on one of his electric or fold-up bikes or scooters (he has a stable of them, including the Super 73 above) with the same bad-boy bravado he brought to hockey: The 5-foot-10, 195-pound left wing’s ice-top aggression was so “in your face” that it prompted the National Hockey League to create an eponymous rule, making it illegal for a player to wave his or her stick in front of a goalie.

Avery — who rose to fame among cyclists after he was arrested for allegedly smashing a car blocking a bike lane with his scooter — has a checkered history with the cycling movement. Some safe-streets advocates dubbed him a “bike hero” after he released a series of self-filmed videos in which he berated motorists for parking in bike lanes. The superlative, however, was short-lived.

After Avery also loosed some controversial comments about cyclists — including telling Streetsblog during this interview that the July 9 “die-in” protesting the deaths of the then-15 cyclists that had been killed was “a waste of time” — some cyclists wondered whether he’s really the best person to lead their charge.

But Avery cops to the fact that people see him as a jerk — he’s OK with that, so why change now? The 38-year-old says most of his 196,000 Instagram followers (including Billy Bush, of “Access Hollywood”-tape fame) appreciate his finger-in-your-eye attitude. Others in his life are less enthusiastic about his bike advocacy, though. Avery’s wife, supermodel Hilary Rhoda, “bikes every day” but “she does not find my crusade for Freedom entertaining,” he told us in a text.

Avery sat down with Streetsblog on Sept. 4 at a diner in the West Village for his first full-length interview about his bike-lane advocacy — although some of his answers leaned anti-bike to our ears. Wearing denim cut-offs and a fitted gray T-shirt, Avery spoke to us for about 45 minutes. The following has been edited for length and clarity.

Julianne Cuba: When did you start biking in New York, and why?

Sean Avery: Once I retired from playing hockey, I started biking because my schedule completely changed, and I was all over the city over the course of a day. I hate taxis; I don’t like Ubers; I like the subway but I can’t take the subway because I can’t, like, turn a blind eye to incidents — like if there’s anything from a homeless guy not getting up, letting a woman with a baby sit down, to kids blasting music. I don’t have the ability to just turn my headphones on and mind my own business.

JC: Did you ever get into fights?

SA: Yeah, nothing that’s ever been filmed, thank God.

JC: Where does your yelling at people in bike lanes shtick come from?

SA: I think generally my whole Instagram bit with bikes lanes comes from two places: It comes from a place of humor, because I’m creating content, and also comes from a place of frustration and anger about people’s total lack of regard for a major transportation option for people in the city.

And there’s also a safety issue that comes with that — they just completely disregard the fact that people get up in the morning and decide they’re going to ride their bike to work. They don’t actually decide; they have to ride their bike to work, or a parent taking his two kids to school, that’s maybe their only option — so when people just have complete disregard for that, it makes me crazy.

When I’m approaching, and I see the bike lane blocked, I can survey the street pretty quickly. If it’s a situation where the driver has no option, then me yelling at them isn’t going to make good content, because then I look like a jerk. But if I can see the other side of the street is completely wide open, but the guy didn’t want to have to cross the street, because maybe he had to walk another 10 feet down — that’s like a perfect scenario for me to be able to create a moment of friction that is funny and some [has] education behind it. I think if I address the situation, I think I might have this person think twice the next time they’re just gonna lazily park in the bike lane.

JC: What reactions do you get?

SA: I think people love seeing someone say ‘fuck you’ to the man. It’s just a natural thing. Other people have these thoughts but don’t have the courage to say it and seeing someone say it makes them very happy. People have called me a jerk or ass my whole entire life; the last thing that’s gonna happen is me being intimidated by that. I haven’t had anyone come up to me on the street and say, ‘you’re an asshole’ yet.

The direct messages I get on Instagram, I would say 80 percent are positive. People are now telling me I’m being too nice. If you ride a bike in New York City, you have thought the things I’ve said. I don’t care if you are the most conservative, religious person on the planet, you’ve had these thoughts. I’ve had some of the most random people I’ve become friends with on Instagram, celebrities somehow started following me because the bike-lane stuff, like Billy Bush. I’ve never met Billy Bush before.

JC: Do you drive, or have a car? Where do you park it?

SA: As little as possible. When I was playing for the Rangers, a guy that owns like 26 lots in New York City, we made a deal I came to his son’s bar mitzvah and he gave me free parking for life, in one of his 26 lots. So he owns a lot in NoHo, that’s where I park.

JC: What do you think of biking in New York City now, especially after the now 21 cyclists who have been killed this year?

SA: My biggest issue with the whole biking situation is there’s zero enforcement. The city could probably make a lot more money just enforcing bikers — if a biker runs a red light you should give them a ticket. The messengers in New York City are totally out of control the majority of bikers are out of control. They run red lights, they go the wrong way down streets. I see hundreds of infractions a day.

JC: That response makes you come across more anti-bike than it does a bike advocate. We don’t advocate for bikers to break the law but I’m sure you’re aware of the amount of damage a reckless driver in a car can do versus a reckless biker on two wheels — you can kill someone with a car. Don’t you also see drivers breaking the rules?

SA: I see more bikers break rules than drivers. I think drivers have more discipline than bikers. Bikers that wear helmets and then they run red lights, I laugh at them. These messengers, they all do these dies-in. They’re a bunch of whiny, hypocritical babies because they are the worst offenders in New York City, they don’t follow any rules.

JC: You don’t ever break biking rules?

SA: I challenge somebody to find me running a red light. I stop and it’s painstaking some times. I know all it takes is one person filming and I’m done; all my credibility goes out the window. What people don’t understand is that if you’re a commuter in the city, a bike is the best way to live, especially all the options from an electric standpoint. You’re not sweaty when you get to work; it’s the fastest most economical way to travel. If the mayor and NYPD started enforcing biking, more people would start to embrace it.

I’m slowly starting to make the transition to exposing bikers that break the rules, because I’m tired of it. There’s zero enforcement in this city. I could ride naked on my bike, running red lights, driving on the sidewalk day-in and day-out, and I’m not sure I would get a ticket. If someone wants to pay me to do that, that I may consider.

JC: But running through a red light or breaking rules doesn’t justify getting hit and killed by a car.

SA: If you run a red light and get hit by a car, what do you think is gonna happen?

JC: What’s going on with your court case? You just had your third court appearance after allegedly hitting a car parked in a Manhattan bike lane with your scooter and being charged with criminal mischief, and you’ve been offered a plea deal that you’ve turned down. Why not just pay the fine?

SA: It’s just mind boggling. I have no idea what even happened. I have been hit by cars numerous times. What I can tell you is that I didn’t pick up my scooter and smash it into a car, that I can guarantee. So we will run the course, waste everyone’s time, slog through the justice system and, at some point, I’ll win. And it’ll get dismissed and we will move on with our lives.

JC: What do you think about placard abuse when cars park in bike lanes?

SA: I also see cops parked in bike lanes to go to Starbucks, which is ridiculous. If I had more time I’d start an Instagram page that just literally exposes cops that park in bike lanes who go to Starbucks but I don’t have time. I should start weaving it in.

JC: Do you think the mayor should ride a bike?

SA: Absolutely. I’d take him on a ride. He’s so out of touch with reality. He should ride a bike in the city — and whoever is in charge of deciding where they are putting bike lanes [should, too].

JC: Do you consider yourself a bike hero? Do you have any last parting words for the bike NYC community?

SA: ‘Hero’ is a strong word. I’m an entertainer that I guess is fighting for a good cause: Follow the rules of the road, just be respectful. The rules are pretty clear: We have to stop at lights, stop signs, pedestrian crosswalks — you’re not going to save time in the big picture, just be respectful and follow the rules. It will make the city much more enjoyable.

  • AMH

    Which bike lane is pictured in the photo? The way it’s positioned away from the curb is how all curbside lanes should be designed.

  • Who cares about messengers. Citibikers are the real scourge among bicyclists.

  • John Dillworth

    Please stop thinking that the statement “the amount of damage a reckless driver in a car can do versus a reckless biker on two wheels” repeated again and again and again does not make it OK for cyclists to continue to break rules. This is getting tiresome.

  • ProfSlowlane

    On my 6 mile commute today, at least a dozen double-parkers in the bike lanes. Not even counting the endless “construction” on Flushing Ave by the Navy Yard which has eliminated the bike lane for a year. School buses do it, USPS trucks do it, texting Uber drivers do it, let’s do it, let’s park in the bike lane!

  • “SA: My biggest issue with the whole biking situation is there’s zero enforcement. The city could probably make a lot more money just enforcing bikers — if a biker runs a red light you should give them a ticket. The messengers in New York City are totally out of control the majority of bikers are out of control. They run red lights, they go the wrong way down streets. I see hundreds of infractions a day.”

    Anytime someone says that there’s no enforcement against cyclists they should lose all credibility, not that Avery really has all that much. First, we know that ticket blitzes against cyclists for all kinds of infractions are a daily occurrence, including in the days after cyclist fatalities. Second, this is the kind of statement that reeks of privilege. You never see any enforcement against cyclists? That would be news to the delivery cyclists who’ve been on the receiving end of the mayor’s draconian crackdown and to the many young people of color who are disproportionately ticketed for infractions like riding on the sidewalk.

    I don’t see Avery as any friend to bike advocates and his desire to film confrontations with drivers so he can create “content” for social media gives the game away. It’s not about a safer city. It’s all about him.

  • PDiddy

    He’s a shit head libertarian centrist hockey meat head. You expected him to be an advocate for cyclists? He’s riding around on a fucking e-bike dude, he’s a lazy POS.

  • I have an e-bike and let’s not forget how popular Citi Bike’s e-assist bikes were!

  • Edwin V

    Lower 8thAve / Hudson St.

  • PDiddy

    And how does this negate the fact that he and other e-bike users are obviously being lazier than 100% pedal powered?

    I’m not saying don’t ride one, especially if you’re commuting over 5 miles. But don’t use that as an accolade that you are some complete streets advocate and then attack the very people within that community.

    BTW, Love War On Cars.

  • Edwin V

    What a jackass! But I applaud his efforts.

  • Thanks!

    I’d just be careful with words like “lazy.” Many people who ride e-bikes need the extra assist or wouldn’t be riding at all. Some seniors or some people with disabilities or other mobility issues, for example. And studies have show that people who ride e-bikes tend to use them more and go farther than people with regular bikes. I don’t really have any mobility issues that would prevent me from riding a regular bike, but I do use my e-bike on days when my legs are a bit tired or I need to go somewhere a bit father than I’d otherwise choose to pedal on my own power.

    E-bikes are an incredible tool that can bring all kinds of people into the cycling fold, so let’s embrace them. There are lots of reasons to criticize Avery, but the fact that he rides an e-bike is not one of them!

  • That statement absolutely does not make it OK for cyclists to continue to break rules. But what that statement does do is to illustrate the proper enforcement priorities.

    I firmly agree that bicyclists should not run red lights; and I tell this to my fellow bicyclists to their faces. HOWEVER, when we see that the vast array of driver misconduct (speeding, blowing stop signs, stopping ahead of the stopping line at red lights, sometimes even blowing red lights, double parking, opening a door without looking, turning without signalling, etc.) goes unenforced, then to call for any enforcement against cyclists’ bad acts is dead wrong.

    If we had a saner enforcement regime, one in which drivers were routinely ticketed and even had their cars towed for the acts which they currently perform with impunity (which we’d know about from the idiot media complaining about a “war on drivers”), then giving tickets to bicyclists would be appropriate.

  • A cyclist stopping and waiting at every single red light makes as much sense as a pedestrian doing the same thing. The problem is people being inconsiderate and self-centered and not cooperatively sharing the road. So I don’t care about cyclists running red lights per se. What bothers me is people riding as if they have some sort of anytime, priority VIP pass for all roads. Or worse an invisible force field bubble.

  • I don’t like them on a pragmatic level. Relying on battery power for energy that can easily generated with with two healthy legs is just plain stupid IMO. That is the genius of the modern safety bicycle. Mechanical advantage. Turns a very modest amount of work (i.e. less energy than WALKING) into quite a bit of useful locomotion. Now people are looking for ways to use batteries to get us around short distances? Nope, I don’t like it nor am I obligated to. E-scooters are nothing more than the next generation of Rascal scooters.

  • GuestBx

    “I see more bikers break rules than drivers”

    Could also have been stated as:

    “I’m so used to cars breaking the rules I don’t even notice it.”

    Speeding, double parking, illegal U-turns, failure to yield, improper lane change. These are all super common traffic violations.

  • GuestBx

    SWEAT.

  • JL

    I know there’s a lot of grabbing, hooking, and poking in professional Hockey. If Billy Bush is referenced 2/3 times as a “celebrity” Insta follower to toot his own horn, the man is a pig by any generational standard. His mentioning of sloppy seconds in The Post shows his true colors.

    His Goon’ish behavior as a “cyclist” helps no one. Sure, throw your weight around if you’re 200 lbs, white, male, near your physical peak. A female friend was punched in her side while riding a commuter bike by a pedestrian for no reason. Goons begets Goonies. Self-righteous bullies rarely pick on someone their own size.

    What, no helmet ? mandatory in Hockey.

  • vnm

    Based on the photo, his approach seems to be working. There’s not one vehicle in sight! It’s like he’s come through and cleaned it up completely.

  • Andrew

    Please stop thinking that the statement “the amount of damage a reckless driver in a car can do versus a reckless biker on two wheels” repeated again and again and again does not make it OK for cyclists to continue to break rules.

    I’m curious what statement you believe makes it OK for motorists to continue to break rules.

  • Simon Phearson

    Right. Anyone who thinks drivers don’t break the law as a matter of course just doesn’t know what the law requires.

  • Joe R.

    The statement “the amount of damage a reckless driver in a car can do versus a reckless biker on two wheels” has nothing whatsoever to do with running red lights. It simply states that a bicycle ridden recklessly (and illegally isn’t necessarily recklessly) is far less dangerous than a car driven recklessly.

    In a regime with a lot more enforcement against motorists giving tickets to cyclists for reckless riding would certainly be appropriate. Again, reckless doesn’t mean technically violating traffic laws. Before we even think of ticketing cyclists, the traffic laws need to reformed to make sense for the mode. Same thing for pedestrians. It should be legal for both to proceed on red, provided they yield right-of-way to anyone who has it. Passing a red light and usurping someone else’s right-of-way would be a good example of reckless riding which merits a ticket.

  • Please stop. No; a car should never be allowed to pass a red light.

  • jojo

    This web site needs to accept other peoples opinions and statements. Have both pro and con stories about the NYC transportation experience. Or else all of your articles are just propaganda for your own private agenda. StreetBLOG needs to get real.

  • Joe R.

    Of course he says nonsense like “We have to stop at lights, stop signs, pedestrian crosswalks — you’re not going to save time in the big picture, just be respectful and follow the rules.” He’s riding a quick accelerating electric bike with a top speed in the area of 25 mph. He can stop for lights and not waste much time because the speed and acceleration of his e-bike lets him get back up to speed quickly, and take a lot longer to fall behind the green wave. Let him ride a regular bike at the pace of an average cyclist and let me know how much extra time he wastes at red lights. My guess is it’ll take him 2 to 3 times as long to get anywhere as he does now. Also, he’ll be putting himself in a lot more danger accelerating with the pack of cars. His electric bike lets him keep clear of that when the light changes.

    When you see a lot of people violating a law, first ask yourself if the law itself makes any sense. We should ask cyclists to ride safely, meaning not to hit pedestrians or each other. Worrying about whether or not they mindlessly obey stupid colored lights is the worst form of micromanagement and control freakism.

    I am a fan of his using the f-word to tell drivers off though. I’m not as verbal as he is, but when I have a bad day my middle finger(s) get a good workout.

  • Joe R.

    Where did I say that? I said bikes and pedestrians should be allowed to pass red lights. Reread my post.

  • I must have misread your post. Sorry about that.

    (But, in my defence, you have advanced that indefensible position before.)

  • Joe R.

    Your friend should have called the cops and pressed assault charges. Hopefully there were good samaritans around who could have restrained the person until the cops arrive. The Mayor isn’t helping, either, with not opposing the constant crackdowns on cyclists, especially on e-bikes, and starting now with nonsense about licensing or helmet laws. He’s doing the equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded theater, just like Trump is doing with immigrants. It should come as no surprise then that some will use their rhetoric to attack cyclists and immigrants. What we can do, since we have the law on our side, is press charges whenever we’re attacked. That probably means riding with camera(s) to obtain proof. Seriously, if I ever have a camera on me and catch some idiot throwing stuff at me from a car, I’m going to try my best to have that person arrested and convicted of assault charges. When these people have their life ruined for picking on cyclists it might set an example.

  • Joe R.

    I have occasionally, mostly as a way to appease motorists who try to make an equivalency between a motorist passing a red light and a cyclist doing the same. Obviously there is no equivalency. A motorist passing a red light is orders of magnitude more dangerous than a cyclist doing so. However, I figure if we give them the carrot of letting them pass red lights after yielding at certain times, say late nights only, it might get them off our backs. Then again, we can do this without changing laws by just having traffic signals go to flashing yellow between maybe 11PM and 5 AM. A lot of places already do that.

  • JL

    Right on red (for vehicles) is cool everywhere else outside of NYC. With the exception of NJ drivers who I see routinely make right on red on the UWS.

    I haven’t driven in a congested city out west recently. I seem to remember right on red is okay there also.

  • Driver

    His videos all seem to be within the same few blocks between 8th and 13th St near Broadway. I would understand if he was commuting for miles, but for an athlete to use an electric bike to tool around the neighborhood is pretty silly.

  • Simon Phearson

    The reason that this “whataboutism” comes up so frequently is that people calling for enforcement of the traffic laws against cyclists usually haven’t explained why such a campaign is necessary.

    Usually, the only stated rationale is, “They’re breaking the law,” which is a vacuous truism. That is not actually in question. The question is why this scofflaw behavior calls for an enforcement effort, while other scofflaw behavior does not (e.g., jaywalking, speeding and illegal parking, public recreational drug use, dogs off leash, etc.).

    The implicit rationale, usually never stated, is the belief that scofflaw cycling is somehow especially dangerous. But this is never actually demonstrated or apparent from available evidence. At the same time, there is plenty of evidence that even the putatively “legally observant” driving population is extremely dangerous.

    So that’s why pro-cycling advocates bring it up.

  • Joe R.

    Totally agree. If anything, I would think an athlete would have no need for an e-bike, regardless of distance. Heck, I’m 56 now and a regular pedal bike is still viable for 20+ mile rides.

  • Driver

    Streetsblog accepts other peoples opinions and statements in the comment section. They don’t filter or censor the comments except for personal attacks or hateful trolling.

    It’s not a private agenda, it’s a public agenda, that represents issues that are important to a significant portion of the population.

    Maybe you should open your mind and keep following the site.

  • John Dillworth

    I’m sorry, you seem to have misread my comment. Would you be so kind as to point out where I stated it is OK for motorists to continue to break rules????? Don’t make assumptions as to what I do not do and do not believe, before you simply make things up. The only thing I categorically stated is hat it is not OK for cyclists to break rules. To pretend I said anything else simply makes my point for me.

  • John Dillworth

    you just did the same thing I pointed out that cyclists always do. Use others bad behavior as an excuse for their own. You make my point for me

  • qrt145

    And you just did exactly what Simon pointed out: bring up a vacuous truism about cyclists’ “bad behavior” without saying why it is “bad” or worth doing anything about.

  • Simon Phearson

    No, I didn’t. Read my comment more carefully. I’m not excusing anyone’s behavior. I’m explaining that cycling advocates are responding to an implicit assumption pro-enforcement types haven’t established.

  • Joe R.

    Reread Simon’s post. Every time the subject is bikes, you’ll get some variation of the following:

    “Blah, blah, blah, don’t stop at red lights, blah, blah, blah, go through stop signs, blah, blah, blah, ride on sidewalks, blah, blah, blah, ride against traffic, blah, blah, blah, I’m almost hit at least ten times a day by cyclists, blah, blah, blah, should have licenses, registration, and insurance, etc.”

    Nobody is ever clear exactly why it is so necessary for cyclists to obey these laws just for the sake of obeying them, even when all the data points to violating them not being a major public safety issue. There are also good safety reasons for not obeying some of these laws from the standpoint of cyclists.

    Then there’s the fact cyclists uniquely seem to be singled out for disobeying laws. Pedestrians cross on red just as much as cyclists, probably more. And yet nobody tells them to obey the law. Most people realize at best a person jaywalking is only putting themselves in danger but often not even that. And as with bikes, there are good safety reasons for crossing against the light. Why can’t the common sense regarding pedestrian law-breaking also carry over to bikes?

    As for motorist law-breaking, let’s put aside the fact it is more dangerous. People seem to be under the illusion motorists are much more law-abiding than cyclists. Not true. Virtually every motorist speeds. Many go through red lights. Yes, it’s usually just after the light changes to red, but it’s still going through a red light. Many fail to yield to crossing pedestrians. In sheer numbers, an average motorist breaks the law more than an average cyclist. The primary violations of cyclists are passing red lights and stop signs, and to a lesser extent riding against traffic and on sidewalks. Cyclists by definition usually are incapable of speeding, which is the most prevalent motorist violation by far. Implicit in these discussions is that it’s somehow less dangerous for motorists to speed, or to go through red lights right after they change, than it is for cyclists to slow-roll through steady red lights. The statistic show the opposite. However, the larger point is that nobody chides motorists for their law-breaking to the extent they chide cyclists. Cyclists alone are expected to be perfectly law-abiding, while motorists and pedestrians aren’t.

  • Ranger Ray

    go have a mocha latte fifi. why do need to reference his skin tone? is it an inferiority complex that needs you to bash others?

  • walks bikes drives

    I’m going to agree with Dillworth, to an extent. I am well aware of the fact that a car is more dangerous to a pedestrian, or any other road user for that matter, than a bicycle. But what we need as a community of activists is to get all road users on our side. This will be an almost impossible battle with people who are only drivers, but pedestrians are our natural allies. But we spend so much time fighting against our natural allies, telling them that we are right, they are wrong. And we are converting NONE of them to our side. As a pedestrian, I have the same nervous fear when a cyclist comes to close to me when I am in a crosswalk as I do as a cyclist when a driver comes too close to me. The fear of injury is the same. At that moment, my fear is not less as a pedestrian because I would probably end up with fewer broken bones than if I were hit by a car. It is simply a fear of being injured in the moment. And that fear is not only very real, it should be understandable. But if I were to say that to a cycling advocate, most will dismiss my fear as a pedestrian and tell me I should only be afraid of cars. The reality is, Avery is right. The police need to step up enforcement. But the NYPD tends to do it half-assed, where they go for the low hanging fruit at empty T intersections and the like. What we as advocates need to do is not advocate for only automotive enforcement and no bicycle enforcement, but rather push for focused enforcement on dangerous behaviors, both for cars and bikes.

    I strongly believe the laws should be changed, that the Paris and Idaho stops should be laws of the land. I also firmly believe that a cyclist who rides through a crosswalk where there is a pedestrian present who has to flinch from the cyclist’s behavior, or worse, should be ticketed severely. We lose credibility in the eyes of those that are unconvinced about street safety improvements, and more importantly, those who are just on the fence, when we ignore their fears and tell them they should be afraid of something else. The reality is, there are a lot of cyclists who ride unsafely. At the start of the Century on Sunday, there was a guy who ate a row of lights on Riverside Drive. One pedestrian, who was crossing with her dog, had to pull the dog back so it wasnt hit. She started letting off a slew of curses at the guy. I stopped at the light, apologized to her, and told her that I would catch up to him and chew him out for his reckless behavior. Instantly, because I had validated her, her demeanor changed and she cooled off and gave me a kind thank you. Now if I told her instead that she should be more concerned about getting hit by a car, or that if her dog was hit by a car it would have been more hurt than if it was hit by a cyclist, she would have focused her rage on me as well, and rightly so.

    Yes, a 4,000lb car or a 7,000lb SUV are magnitudes greater risks than bicycles. Yes, cars are involved in magnitudes more lethal crashes than bicycles. But bad cyclist behavior is causing those of us who are safer cyclists to suffer. And we are not going to convert anyone by repeating that cars are more dangerous. They are, but that does not eliminate the danger if getting hit by, and hurt by, a rogue cyclist.

    So we as cycling activists have one real job, which is to convince the community at large that we do not condone rogue cycling, and we will therefore not stand in the way of enforcement of rogue cycling, because we, the majority of cyclists, actually ride safely.

  • @John Dillworth – Your original “point” was weak, unsupported, and itself tiresome. Doubling down on it, more tiresome still.

  • VelvetKnight

    That’s awesome! How much spam did you buy with all of that?

  • OnlyWonderBread

    And I love saying eff you to bike riders blowing through red lights, stop signs and riding their bikes on the sidewalk.

    See how that works.

  • Maya de Silva Chafe

    Hello StreetsBlog, et al:
    I have been cycling in NYC for about 30 years. I am a 59 year old dancer/teacher. I often commute, exercise and do errands on my bike. I save my money, health, our air and wear and tear on our streets. The blockage of bike lanes is an annoying and dangerous issue that needs to be addressed as more and more New Yorkers choose to cycle as much as possible. While I appreciate many of these comments, we are needlessly arguing over trifles and setting ourselves up as enemies when we need to show a united front. I appreciate the new bike lanes, especially the ones with the parked cars between the traffic and the lane. I am lucky that I was never hurt before we had this luxury of protection.

    Based on my YEARS of experience I have a few suggestions:

    Every mayor, cop, taxi, Uber (etc.) driver, and traffic expert should be required to ride 100 miles on a bicycle through city traffic before having any opinion or decision-making power.

    Limit deliveries to night time in Manhattan, never during business hours. Businesses receiving goods will just have to have one night weekly for their deliveries to be received, its not the end of the world. This will also cut down on hand trucks in the bike lanes.

    Enforce the no parking rules in bike lanes. When any car is parked in a bike lane, it could be a life in danger. Police are subject to same rules as all motorists, in fact they should be HELD TO A HIGHER standard, since they are supposed to modeling good citizen behavior.

    Ticket pedestrians who walk in bike lanes for no apparent reason.
    Ticket cyclists who go the wrong way in bike lanes for over one block, and they MUST do so while staying to the left. Cyclists who are going the right way have the right of way.
    Ticket cyclists who ride on the sidewalk unless only briefly when there is a complete blockage of the street by double parked cars (who should also be ticketed), delivery trucks (see above) or garbage trucks. With this caveat: Cyclists, if you MUST ride on the sidewalk: when you see a senior pedestrian you MUST dismount and walk your bike. A fall for a senior can easily lead to a broken hip and DEATH. Do not SCARE them!
    Ticket cyclists who wear earbuds. This is just stupid and dangerous. Ticket cyclists who text while riding. Fines should be higher if they are going the wrong way in the bike lane, wearing earbuds!!! (I have nearly been run off the road by these idiots!)
    Ticket cyclists who ride recklessly and cut off pedestrians, especially seniors and children.
    Ticket pedestrians who cross in the middle of the block or jaywalk (same thing). In my California hometown, you DO NOT jaywalk (you will get a ticket) and it makes for a much better traffic flow.

    Allow cyclists to go through red lights (at slower speeds, in order to maintain momentum) and stop signs when they have checked carefully in both directions and there is nobody crossing.

    Don’t license individual bicycles, but have the cyclists themselves obtain and carry cyclist’s licenses, same as a car driver’s license. If one is a repeat offender, one loses their license, or has it temporarily suspended, based on the severity of their offense.

    If you are a law-abiding, good citizen cyclist you should be rewarded with a city TAX BREAK! This would be an incentive for folks to be fitter (less health issues and cost to our Medicare system), etc. etc.

    As for taxis, Ubers, etc: I’m not sure what is the solution to this problem. These folks are doing their best to make a living and I sympathize with their challenges. Is it possible that they could share bus-lanes and their patrons might have to cross the street in order to get on board? Or could one parking spot, close to the corner, on every block be reserved for these cars to use? As it is now it’s a dangerous free-for-all. We need new approaches to accommodate new conditions.

    These suggestions are all based on common sense and consideration for all of our fellow New Yorkers, whether pedestrians, cyclists or drivers. If you have better suggestions, or any quibble with my ideas, please don’t hesitate to answer. I ask you to maintain decorum and civility, these are laudable qualities that seem to be disappearing faster than coral reefs.

    Thanks for the chance to suggest.

    With Good Intentions,
    Maya

  • avon

    I wonder if he’d say “fuck you” to me.

    I ride an actual bike, not a two-wheeled machine with an electric motor (the article says he owns those, “scooter” and “bike,” but I have no clue if he ever actually pedals a bike). I pedal my bike and I’m sure he feels I’m in his way a lot, even though (or because) I don’t break any laws and (although I’m faster than the majority of cyclists) I’m not as fast as the majority of e-bikes go.

    I don’t look forward to any “fuck you – no, fuck YOU” fights with major league hockey players. Does that make me a wimp? a hero? a responsible cyclist? Hmmm….

  • LimestoneKid

    Yep, phuque the cyclists on the sidewalk. Especially when I’m out with my dogs.

  • Otto Hoering

    An electric bike is a motorized vehicle, and does not belong in the bike lane.

  • You got that right.

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