Last month I suggested it is not easy being green, for a bike lane. Apparently, it is getting a lot easier–especially if you are one of the 6 focus cities for the new green lane project…though, this effort is a bit more than putting down a bunch of paint. Even the USA Today is on board, complete with a photo of Kelly Clifton (colleague and fellow bicycle researcher) riding alongside Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.
In case you missed it, the NYTimes gave David Byrne (yes, of the Talking Heads) some prime real estate in the Sunday Review section (May 27) writing about bikes and the NY bike sharing system.
He was pretty emphatic. It was good to read.
He claims that bicycling provides “emotional gratification” and this is the primary reason for riding (I suppose that is true if you are not really time constrained and have most of your destinations within a few miles; how many people does this apply to?).
In the end he writes: “Look around you. Bikes are everywhere: in glamorous ads and fashionable neighborhoods, parked outside art galleries, clubs, office buildings. More and more city workers arrive for work on bikes. The future is visible in the increasing number of bikes you see all over the urban landscape. This simple form of transportation is about to make our city more livable, more human and better connected; New Yorkers are going to love the bike-share program; culturally and physically, our city is perfectly suited for it.”
With big-time celebrity endorsements like this, he might be right.