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More bikes bring more danger

Brooklyn: Once again Paul Steely White (with Ken Podziba) mansplains the transportation needs of New York City (“The two-wheeled transit fix,” July 10). White, a lobbyist, whose Transportation Alternatives is financially backed by groups with an agenda to eliminate private ownership of cars in the city, once again muses about the perfection of the bicycle as a mode of transport. These musings portray White as a childish zealot with no experience in transportation, city infrastructure, emergency response or management. White refuses to acknowledge even the most basic questions of large-city transport. What happens to the elderly, the infirm and those with special needs, not to mention the small business owner who needs a car for his or her livelihood? How are their transportation needs met?

Protected bike lanes change the geometry of the street. They pull parked cars further into the street, thereby putting responding Fire Department apparatus further into the street, further away from hydrants and further away from buildings. When the Fire Department raises ladders, they can no longer raise them as high as was once possible, leaving people at their windows. Why has this not been publicly addressed? How can people make informed decisions about street restructuring with little or no information? The narrowing of traffic lanes serves to bottleneck traffic, slowing emergency response to a crawl. That is referred to by New Yorkers as gridlock. It is damaging to emergency response and transportation flow, and unacceptable to any city, but especially a city with the population the size of New York’s.

Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg’s response to this is to hire deputies from a pool of millennials with little life experience and even less work experience. When these individuals are asked pointed, relevant questions, they assume the posture of a 6-year-old whose hand was caught in the cookie jar. Trottenberg is fond of the statement “culture eats policy for breakfast.” What does culture do with all of the bodies and chaos it leaves in its wake? Marie McCormick.

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