Robin Williams spends half his interview on the Daily Show on thursday, 26.09.13 talking about riding bikes in New York and in Los Angeles.
To the folk who have embraced new subway cars, countdown clocks, better bus service and bikes, transportation isn’t supposed to be an ordeal—it’s an integral part of quality of life. Plus all of this goes together; one day you may take the train, the next day, the bike. Moreover, bikers need efficient subways and buses to keep cars and trucks from clogging the streets.
But what will happen next?
Josh Koster [a resident of DC], in a letter to the editor, writes:
Since Mayor Bloomberg’s new cycling program is so controversial, I thought I would add an outside perspective. I live in Washington, D.C. — a city that is a few years farther down this bike-sharing path. Here is how it will probably play out for New York.
First, people complain about how they wouldn’t use the bike shares or how ugly they are. This will be fashionable for a while because people like to complain about change. Then, one by one, people will use a bike to get home in a pinch.
Once is all it will take. The bikes themselves are terrible, but this is probably the first time most of these people have been on a bicycle since childhood. It will show them that it comes back quite quickly. Like riding a bike, as they say.
Then, they will buy their own bikes. Bike sharing is a gateway drug. More bikes are coming. You’ll have to accept this fact. Moreover, once they are here, people will continue to use them. It really doesn’t matter if Mr. Bloomberg’s successor cools on cycling. Bicycling is simply a more legitimate form of urban transportation.
This isn’t about what is being taken from you. It’s about what’s being given to you. You have a shot at free parking, a chance to not worry about traffic jams and a fun commute to work.
Don’t blow it.