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I can’t help but have mixed emotions when i read articles like these. On one level, it’s great to be talking about bike commuting as this neat idea that more people should try, but on the other hand, why does the idea of commuting by bicycle have to be brought forth as something novel and unique?

I’m not speaking poorly about the writer, Michael Kimmelman, or even his article. I’m just more annoyed that such a thing needs to exist. In 2011 we need a piece detailing why riding in NYC makes more sense than driving a car, taking a cab, or even riding the subway?
Even as a person that’s only ridden in NYC a few times, it’s obvious that it is faster than other means of transportation.

He does make the point about how far behind Europe the US is, and I guess that’s why the article exists in the first place. We have a long way to go. There’s also the strife over the existing bike lanes, and the ones slated to be put in. This is incredibly frustrating, especially in a city so crowded as New York. Then there’s the obvious environmental benefit.

This all reminds me of when Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry said the following about bicycle commuting in 2007; “Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the Democrats, promoting 19th century solutions to 21st century problems. If you don’t like it, ride a bike. If you don’t like the price at the pumps, ride a bike.”

We at Kona thought that was a pretty cool quote, but not for the reasons he did. Mayor Bloomberg also seems to agree, as over 280 miles of bike lanes have been installed in NYC since 2006, with a plan for 1,800 bike lane miles total by 2030.

Cities all over the nation are starting to catch on to this plan, helping catch the US up to Europe.

So remember, “If you don’t like the price at the pumps, ride a bike.” Fine advice indeed!