Monday, June 13, 2011

If Cars Were Bikes

If you aren’t one of the millions of people who have watched the Youtube video on blocking bike lanes in New York City, we encourage you to do so:

In the United States, cars are definitely on top of the transportation hierarchy. Most of our funding goes to automobile roads, while alternative transportation, including public transportation, is put on the back burner, is often left in the dust.

Let’s do a role reversal. Let’s assume bikes are on top of the hierarchy in New York City. Then, anyone could park a bike in a car lane and the car would have to figure out how to proceed and not hit the bike. A cyclist could sit in the car lane and have a conversation with someone on the sidewalk. Construction workers could block a car lane with no notice for those approaching. If a cyclist suddenly pushed a barrier in front of a car, similar to a car door in a bike lane, too bad for the car.