I have to admit to being a frustrated citizen when it comes to politics in America. The two party system here only seems to divide people and I stopped watching the "news" a long time ago. Is it sad that I turn to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to get educated about what is going on in the world of politics?
Rather than being frustrated and letting a spirit of apathy overcome me, I know what I should do is get involved in a local political issue of some sort. Even though I run a bike blog I am not sure I would choose the contentious bike lane issue to get involved in because like most issues, people on both sides seem to be mostly interested in escalating the issue into an emotional war while promoting a, excuse the term, "my way or the highway" mentality.
For example, to protest the removal of a bike lane in a conservative religious neighborhood in Brooklyn, some cyclist's wanted to respond by riding naked through the community. Not exactly what I would call a mature response. Would I expect Barack Obama to "moon" Congress when he does get a bill signed into law? No, that would be really immature and not productive - although it would be funny =)
So my "problem" is that many in the cycling community draw attention to issues in a way that seems counterproductive to the cycling movement, if there is such a thing as a cycling movement.
Anyway, if you are interested in what is going on in NYC regarding bike lanes I ran into an article published on the Twin Cities Daily Planet web site that summarizes things quite well. The author provides links to several sources that are all mainly a response to an article written by John Cassidy in The New Yorker.
As far as I'm concerned the addition of this pedestrian walkway/bike lane in Times Square a year or two ago is a beautiful thing. Now if people would only throw their gum and cigarettes into garbage cans instead of in the street it would be more beautiful. For some reason NYC seems to be the Disneyland of garbage - people seem to feel no guilt for just tossing stuff in the street. Sigh . . .