Philly's top bicycle nemesis is back - and we've got him!
Right after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed a "sea change" in transportation policy to "make biking as important as driving" - by building more bike lanes and maybe even an interstate bike-path system - Stu Bykofsky weighs in derisively on local efforts along those lines.
Stu begins by complaining that only 4 tickets have been written to bicyclists in the first quarter of the year, versus six in the same time last year. Oddly, he then cites a similar discrepancy in ticketing cars, but then claims that one is clearly due to the harsh winter, an explanation not considered for bikes - I suppose because there's nothing like a bike for getting around in 23 inches of snow.
He also reiterates that it's ludicrous to trust the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia to monitor the amount of bicycle ridership in the city because they're "partisans." He says this is "like letting vegetarian "volunteers" count hot dogs eaten at a barbecue." An odd choice, given that a more handy true-life analogy would be "letting meat-and-dairy-industry 'professionals' count how much meat and dairy Americans should eat, according to the 'impartial' USDA."