The city of London has a bike and pedestrian commissioner who reports directly to the mayor — and a booming population that cycles on an ever-widening network of protected lanes and highways. Why don’t we have that?
That’s the basic question behind a new petition drive by Transportation Alternatives that calls on Mayor de Blasio to appoint the city’s first-ever “Bike Mayor” to champion cycling across multiple agencies of the city bureaucracy.
“There is no better time than now to appoint a Bike Mayor in New York City: the protected bike lane network is not growing fast enough to keep up with demand, an influx of people on two wheels is coming with the expansion of Citi Bike and impending legalization of e-bikes and scooters, and, just one week into 2019, two people have been killed while biking [and] last year, two cyclists were killed while riding in unprotected bike lanes,” the group said in a statement. “These are the sort of threats that cyclists fear, yet non-cyclists would not know to think — and much less worry — about. It is unique dangers like these that make the need for a Bike Mayor all the more urgent.”