Enough is Enough
Today’s carnage in Midtown is sickening, but all too predictable. (The fact that the cab driver responsible probably won’t be charged, and that no one is surprised about it, is all the more disgusting.)
If ever there was an incident that encompasses the very things we pedestrians and cyclists experience from aggressive motorists every day, this is it. While there are conflicting reports from various sources, witnesses described a driver who…
- …cut off a cyclist in the bike lane, with or without looking to see if anyone was there, even though it shouldn’t be surprising to find bike messengers or delivery cyclists in Midtown.
- …couldn’t be bothered to wait one second to let the cyclist — who had the legal right of way — proceed straight.
- …violated the crosswalk even though it was full of pedestrians with the walk signal.
- …thought that the proper response to this temporary inconvenience was intense anger, honking, and yelling.
- …believed that being delayed by one second gave him the right to floor it to make up for “lost” time.
And here’s the most important part:
- …did it all with what by now can only be described as the tacit approval of the NYPD, whose failure to enforce even basic laws regarding yielding to other human beings results in this carnage.