Stray Dogs and Squirrels
The Brooklyn Paper’s Natalie O’Neill reports on the Vigilante Bike Lane on Bergen Street. Note the quote from a police spokesman, who explains why officers use the bike lane as a parking lane:
“It could be because a prisoner needs to be taken in or a stray dog needs to be transported.”
Compare that to this quote from a police officer in a July 12th Post story about a “pedal protester” planting tacks at the bottom of a hill in Central Park.
“We have more important things to worry about, like people getting shot and squirrels getting run over.”
By now the message is clear: If you transport yourself on two wheels instead of four, the NYPD regards your safety as less important than a squirrel’s or a stray dog’s.