Is it appropriate for the Department of Sanitation to clear snow off bike lanes before every single street in New York City is made hospitable to motor vehicles? Not in the pages of the NY Post, where the tabloid is stirring up anti-bike lane ire with two straight days of reportage on the utter outrage of snow-free bike lanes. Yesterday reporters spotted six workers shoveling the bike path on Columbus Avenue, and got a perfect quote from an anonymous Sanitation Department staffer:
There are thousands of people who would be unhappy about this, [but] there is a bicycle person who is happy about this. I'm just a sanitation worker. I take orders. I don't question them. It's like the military: If that's what they tell me to do, I do it. My supervisor told me to do it... Who gave him the orders? I can only imagine.
It couldn't have been Mayor Bloomberg, who was telling reporters at a press conference in Queens, "Nobody's going out and clearing bicycle lanes where you're not likely to see people riding bikes with the slush and everything." So WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS INJUSTICE? Stay tuned for a probing follow-up from the Post's Steve Cuozzo; we expect him to reveal the identity of the sinister bureaucrat who diverted the shovelers off street-shoveling duty, in an article headlined DOT Dictator Sadik-Kahn Makes Snow Sense.
But what do YOU think? Should the streets be cleared of snow for all moving vehicles—regardless of whether they use internal combustion engines—or should the city just let the cost-efficient power of the sun clear the bike lanes, and pay workers to shovel streets?