Stop at stop signs? Drive responsibly? Maybe for the rest of us, but not for a Limousine Liberal in a hurry. (Just so happens that CBS-2 reporter Marcia Kramer was following the Mayor’s 2-limo motorcade.)
Just days after NYC Mayor proposed lowering speed limits across the city — he is in the front seat and part of breaking many of the existing laws. The hypocrisy wasn’t missed. But did the Mayor request the speeding or blowing stop signs? Was he aware? To his defense, he was probably texting or tweeting the whole time…
While Brownstone has long wanted tougher laws and enforcement on reckless drivers — we’d ask people/media to more closely examine what’s behind the Mayor’s new program. Firstly, we believe cars should be legally akin to loaded guns when it comes to hitting people, running them over (particularly in crosswalks where pedestrian Right of Way is often ignored). However, our new Mayor isn’t creating a program with the name “Vision Zero” — he’s simply following the lead of the Bike Lobby. Attached to this “safe streets” measure is EXACTLY NO RESTRICTIONS nor nary a mention of high-speed cyclists barreling through intersections, riding on sidewalks or not slowing at red lights. So, why would the NYC Dept. of Transportation promote to the NYC City Council or adopt it, with a myopic view of cars/autos? Do we have yet another example of this Tale of Two Cities (harsher for drivers)?
Case in point, just Google the website of foremost Bike Lobby in our city:
Background: Instead of focusing on a “zero tolerance” of drivers encroaching on pedestrians in crosswalks for example – the Mayor held a press conference to support/expand/pronounce something called “Vision Zero” last Tuesday. Sounds at first, like City Hall’s policy of a vision of ‘zero people’ struck (something the Media ingested, without question). There’s plenty of families with loved ones struck or killed — that would line-up to support more penalties/jail for reckless driving. They may be used, sadly now, to tell their stories –possibly, because government wonks want more Bike Lanes?
Policy is supposed to be equal. If the issue is pedestrian safety, then why on Earth aren’t high-speed cyclists part of the discussion?
City Hall is promoting it by saying it comes “from Sweden” — but whether its adopted there or San Francisco isn’t the matter, more than the Bike Lobby that driving this latest measure of wanting to eliminate cars. Did our Mayor simply take the bait/hook from his advisors that are most likely active Members of Transportation Alternatives (NY’s most active anti-car lobby) and doubtless pushing quite proactively for more bike lanes, within all of this.
When questioned, our Mayor claims that driving through Stop Signs, and speeding is a NYPD sanctioned way of protecting him. This rings more like an excuse (after being caught, naturally) as sirens usually are used as a warning to all, in cases of police breaking lights and needing to quickly move themselves or VIPs through traffic, etc.
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