EDITORIAL

Forget buses, trains, cars ... We need bicycles in Bronx

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Despite the claims of some who have fought against bicycle-accessible travel in the Bronx, there really is no “bike mafia.” But maybe there should be.

Our car-centric society has labeled bicycles in our community a nuisance, when instead it’s a key factor needed to ensure there even is a society — or at least an Earth — for future generations to enjoy.

Bicycles are slow, they typically don’t come with motors, and because they’re not pedestrians, they have to travel the roads instead of sidewalks. Bicycles also are hard to see, especially if they are racing through an intersection, and those cyclists who fail to obey traffic laws only make the entire bicycle community look bad.

Yet, we need bicycles, now more than ever. 

Each year, pollution accounts for 13 percent of all deaths globally, according to The World Bank. That’s 8.9 million people who died prematurely because the air, water or the very ground they walk has been contaminated.

Gas-powered vehicles contribute to all three areas of pollution. Exhaust fumes choke the air we breathe, while chemicals from engines seep into the ground and eventually fresh water supplies that all of us depend on for life.

Although it struggled when it was first introduced, Citi Bike — which lets you rent a bicycle on the street for you to use as you please — now offers 600 stations in 55 neighborhoods. Except few, if any, are in the Bronx.

That is slowly changing, especially as Citi Bike coasts into the southern part of the borough. But we could help it speed in by not only showing support for this green transportation, but actually demanding Citi Bike open kiosks in Riverdale and Kingsbridge.

A common refrain is that if people want to ride a bike somewhere, they can do it in the park. Yet no one says the same about driving a car. 

Bicycles are more than just recreation — they are a fantastic way to get around. And the only exhaust you’ll see coming from these vehicles are the carbon dioxide exhaled from a rider who is getting a great workout.

Think of the future. Think bicycles.Forg

Citi Bike,

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TruthTeller

Although I agree 100 percent with this opinion, it smacks of a free advertisement for CitiBike. I heard on Curtis Sliwa's show the other day that Citi Bike has a lock on the monopoly for bike rentals and that they are extremely Manhattan and Williamsburg centered. I think if the outcome the editiorial seeks is to take place, we need to have as many bike rental companies allowed to operate as possible. Here's a story from the post about it.

http://nypost.com/2017/04/05/citi-bike-competitors-ready-to-roll-into-nyc/

Friday, August 18
Bernice C

I remember this one meeting at the 50th Precinct I went to last year and someone brought up the bike issue to which O'Toole just threw his arm up in the air in a gesture he doesn't want to hear it and not happy either. Car and bus congestion in the Bronx is already overwhelming. This is100 times worse that they have placed those Godforsaken bike lanes on the tiny little residential streets where if someone is on a bike will take you a little longer to get to your property to avoid hitting the bicyclist. Already on two occasions I had the scare of my life as I am crawling up the block for fear of hitting the bicyclist and don't know if they were drunk or what but they swerved back and forth from the bike lane to the main street and one almost literally fell on top of the front of my car! Who would have been liable although it would have been his fault 100%? From my understanding after speaking to my insurance company after this happened even if I was in fact only going 5-6mph the bicyclist could have sued me and insurance my have likely had to pay out for any injuries. This is NY where there are millions of drivers and traffic insane. NOT China. Damn those bike lanes!! Go to Central Park or something.

Saturday, August 19
SJCBronx

The infrastructure to support them is needed and to draw out the nonenthusiast who just wants to do local chores, etc. and leave the car at home. Sharrows don't really work (cars park in them, and more). Paving over nature trails in the park doesn't get people around neighborhoods, and destroys the nature in the park. Protected bike lanes that hook up to other protected lanes on a few streets, are what other cities are doing, and in NYC's case, they'd extend to other boroughs, like parkways are to cars.

Saturday, August 19
Riverdale__NY

Who is going to be using bicycles in Riverdale? Just walking in the neighborhood can be a chore. Most of Riverdale is very hilly (seems like no one talks about this) and it can be a pain in the neck just walking around. Many residents live on hilly streets and near step streets, so using a bike to get around in some cases just simply isn't feasible. The only people I see riding bikes are deliverymen or people that are actual bike riders. The bike riders always seem to be riding DOWN hill though, not up hill. Maybe the topography has something to do with it... Just maybe.

Riverdale, NY

Tuesday, August 22
RiverdaleTheBronx

Nothing against biking per se, but how many more parking spaces will these racks take away? Parking is bad enough up here. Tell your electeds we will not tolerate losing more parking which causes people to dangerously circle the block until a space frees up! Entire blocks of spaces were wiped out in other boroughs because of Citibike. Furthermore, the bike lanes here are put in the dumbest areas, sometimes full of potholes and rough road causing cyclists to swerve into your lane, and then the lane markings fade away and are never re-marked. The road to he** is paved with good intentions.

Tuesday, August 22
John Nimby

Josef Stalin invented bike lanes as part of a plot to weaken the West. Europe has been destroyed by them. Parts of the US are well on their way. Riverdale not only doesn't need bike lanes, it needs far more car lanes. Rip out sidewalks, traffic lights, parks, and bus stops and traffic will fly.

| Wednesday, August 23
TJ White

"those cyclists who fail to obey traffic laws only make the entire bicycle community look bad"

You can say the same about motorists :)

| Friday, August 25
Changing Population

As Washington Heights and Inwood become more expensive, folks are moving up to Riverdale and Kingsbridge. With new and younger residents, more and more local residents are biking for pleasure and transportation. Anything the city and Community Board can do to accommodate bikers will only increase curb-appeal and boost local property values. Neighborhoods change.

| Sunday, August 27
CelticWoman

Changing Population yeah I saw the change in Kingsbridge when my husband lived there some years ago. 6 shootings, 3 dead including 2 bodies laid out in front of his building. THIS is the change that's coming to your hood all because the ghetto slobs can't afford the rent anymore since they're too busy pumping out babies they can't afford.

Thursday, August 31