Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Borough President
I’ve already done you the favor of watching this four-minute video, so please spare yourself. Before singing his “Bike Lane Cantata,” Marty delivers a preamble in which he lambasts bike lanes and the people who support them, woefully miscategorizing even an inch of bike lane support as an effort to ban the automobile. Like many politicians, Marty isn’t against bike lanes, of course, he’s just against most bike lanes. He’s really against the bike lane that has absolutely zero effect on traffic or congestion, despite the doom-and-gloom predictions of his 2009 letter to Janette Sadik-Khan. [PDF] Just as in that letter, Marty makes no mention of safety in this speech.
The man just can’t ever admit when he’s wrong. If only a borough as great as Brooklyn had the true leader it deserves, not some Chuckle Hut comedian pandering to the convenience of one constituency over the safety and health of all others.