Repainting Bike Lanes

NYC cylists repaint bike lane.

Basically what happened was a popular bike route was un-bike-laned. The City of New York painted over them, and some cyclists decided to put them back. Nice job folks! Want to come paint some bike lanes in Boston? I’ll buy you all beers. Seriously.

I like this idea: can we do this here? Why wait until existing bike lanes are taken away? We should just put bike lines wherever we want.

via TreeHugger


So, the reason that the bike lanes were taken away is because of the Hasidic Jew population in Williamsburg.

The Hasidim were complaining that girls biking through were too scantily clad, and that it became difficult to not-look at them (as mandated by Hasidic Law). Or, so says the Post, but I’m not sure how much stock I’d put in this particular part of the report.

As a secular Jew, I’d like to think that I have the right to complain about the Hasidim …. but I don’t. I’m just going to let that hang…. and never complain about the Hasidim again.

(They will fuck you up)

2 Responses to “Repainting Bike Lanes”

  1. Roland
    December 11th, 2009 | 1:09 pm

    I’m suspicious that complaints from the Hasidic Jews are the reason why the lane was taken away… maybe it’s one reason, but everyone knows how dust gets kicked up when parking is removed.

    If you look at this article, looks like this has been controversial for a while.

  2. cyclostat
    December 11th, 2009 | 5:40 pm

    Hey Roland, thanks for the article. Good point – this was probably just the political excuse to remove the bike lanes. The religious excuse is one that is hard to refute, because, hey – it’s religion, it’s not supposed to make sense.

    Personally, I think that some people harbor a strong dislike of hipsters (including….hipsters), and that such a factor probably compounded this issue. As much as I like how riding a bike is perceived as cool, it is important to acknowledge that being associated with that group can cause a backlash in many situations (possibly including this one).

    If I didn’t fear the Hasidim so much, I would criticize them as well.

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