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“I can’t stand these bicycles, but…”

August 13, 2015

I haven’t updated “Some of My Best Friends are Bike Lanes” — a post about how people who oppose bicycle lanes first have to say they love bicycles — in quite some time. However, the following quote by attorney Steven Sladkus is worthy of inclusion.

Via Terrence Cullen at the Commercial Observer:

“I can’t stand these bicycles,” Mr. Sladkus said. “While I applaud this mode of public transportation, I still can’t believe that helmets aren’t required and I still cannot believe the rationale the city uses in placement of some of these racks.”

It’s actually an inversion of the standard, “I like bicycles, but…” construction. In this case, Sladkus flat-out admits that he “can’t stand these bicycles” before applauding bike share. That’s a new one.

  1. August 13, 2015 6:18 pm

    Anyone driving a car in NYC has no business whatsoever complaining about the “danger”,
    “space”, or “historical inappropriatness” of bicycles in any way whatsoever.

  2. BBnet3000 permalink
    August 13, 2015 10:24 pm

    I’d be curious to ask him what he can’t stand about bicycles. Assuming he has no disability and is one of the ~94% of adults who can ride a bicycle (I’m pulling this number out of my ass but I’m pretty sure I read it somewhere cited), what makes him so disinclined to try?

    • August 14, 2015 10:32 am

      Yeah, that’s always my question, too. Not so much why he doesn’t ride – to each his own! – but why he would express such intense hatred toward something rather innocuous.

  3. Tyson White permalink
    August 19, 2015 10:49 am

    The proposal for an Amsterdam Ave bike lane on the UWS is coming this fall, and is sure to be a spectacle. Stay tuned!

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