The NYTimes has an editorial on “The Wild Bunch” – urban cyclists. Typically the writers of stories like these don’t ride in the City and depict the views of pedestrians more than cyclists. Robert Sullivan offers a great perspective on being a cyclist in NYC and the constant battles with cars and pedestrians. “No wonder they hate us”…
Check out the excerpt below:
When I got to Atlantic Avenue, a street I would be nervous about crossing if I were in an armored vehicle, I stopped to wait for the light as a helmetless man, riding with his child on a seat, weaved wobbly between me, the taxi and the pedestrians trying to cross, uttering not even an “on your right.” He pulled silently out into traffic, stopping halfway across the intersection to let a tractor-trailer wail by before he finished crossing against the light, the toddler in back thinking heaven knows what.
Meanwhile, another biker was about to pass him, and pedestrians in the intersection now scattered like deer. And I was thinking, “No wonder they hate us.”
Because they do hate us, they being nonbikers and us being bikers.