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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Talking Heads Star Heralds Child’s Toy As Transportation Staple

  Sunday musician David Byrne, famous for the Talking Heads, achieved another milestone. Never before Mr. Byrne’s pleasant essay has the front page of the editorial section of The New York Times included an editorial advocating the bicycle for general transportation. While the Times has consistently increased coverage of bicycle news over the years, the excuse, or rather occasion, is an event, worth noting, Mr. Byrne lauding New York City’s upcoming new commercial bike sharing program he finds effective when he travels to various parts of the urban world. 
  From such a prominent soapbox Mr. Byrne not only lauded but virtually inaugurated the endeavor. New York known for thieves who made the Kryptonite lock unguaranteeable is becoming a bicycle paradise as he sees it. Mr. Byrne even advocates everyone stopping at red lights now. But how now that bicycles aren’t just intermittent bikes, but traffic itself, won’t countless still ignore David’s law-abiding advice. Automobiles in my neighborhood habitually run stop signs and when a police officer was asked if she knew that a particular corner produced at least two accidents a year, she said, “It’s more.” 
  People just like getting things. Seconds at a Stop. Celebrities making ideas popular so we’re all entertained and not bored by doing the right thing. Mr. Byrne apparently doesn’t realize that irregardless of habitual bike use’s immeasurable health effects, traffic remains dangerous. Our culture doesn’t function on a polite enough basis to insure we stop bumping into each other. So yeah, great, the bicycle is finally front and center, big time, or will this turn out to be another summer of hope brought down to earth by snow all over the place and how sometimes the bike isn’t easy enough for everyone to ride in the rain.

  Will full-time riders not be thought eccentric anymore? Certainly despite his collective effort otherwise, the mainstream radical artist, David Byrne makes that official. Even the subculture of bike advocacy has separate social strata. In August there will be a twenty-fifth reunion for a protest known as Fifth, Park and Madison when the mayor, Ed Koch, tried banning bikes on those avenues to effectively stop bike messengers from traveling the wrong way in traffic. The mayor lost in court and the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives grew immensely as a result of bike people coming together at that time. TA has chosen to not be involved with memorializing the bike couriers beer-swilling hey-dey no matter how instrumental that event was to the organization’s present success. For as Mr. Byrne’s fateful article signals, it is now time to all celebrate and do as the Paris Review editor George Plimpton did and arrive on our bikes in a tuxedo.

Transportation Alternatives' Noah Budnick 
schmoozes with Bicycle Diaries author, David Byrne

March 24 & 25, 2016
Talking Heads Star Heralds Child's Toy As Transportation Staple

5/30/2012 concluded: TA has chosen to not be involved with memorializing the bike couriers beer-swilling hey-dey no matter how instrumental that event was to the organization’s present success. For as Mr. Byrne’s fateful article signals, it is now time to all celebrate and do as the Paris Review editor George Plimpton did and arrive on our bikes in a tuxedo.

  TA (Transportation Alternatives) donated support for that bike courier event. That's what I get for avoiding the loop and going off half-cocked. Where would we all not be without TA? 
  Anyway. Child's Toy that's adult. ... . 
  See, this is my problem with New York City bike lanes. They are the panacea for perfect conditions. But the fact mobile throne traffic couldn't modify and adapt to safer shared road-space has meant cyclists darting innocently confused people all day and night. This virtual expansion of the sidewalks through which people move, has everyone outside the mobile thrones' designated tracks having to constantly dart their eyes and only glance at their next piece of space fraught with just too many infringements from too countless many directions all at once. The streets aren't supposed to be a carnival game where the lucky aren't hurt. Almost a coincidence participants agreeably figure out how to get around. Always went around pedestrians before, only now there's nowhere to go. I know. It'll get better. Improve. 
  Though aggressive, traffic was predictable. Even jaywalkers. A span of vision to cover. More variables infringes on anticipation's decreasing the unanticipated. This is ridiculous. Pedestrians and cyclists dodging for space we all own. 
  The future promises extremely luxurious mobile thrones while riding's made out to be the chore. Yet here's where we're evolving from. Perfected the mobile throne, in essence, will be just like individual train cabins decoupling from track to track with coupling ease. But that bicycle, skateboard, all self-propelled technology. Those will be what reflects real human pride. Thing is cars mean money. Status. Inevitable the Chinese gave up on their bicycle culture by copying American mistakes that over-exploit the environment. A/The broader American transportation system was sabotaged by the glittering heights. Why not everyone's? 

  We're either proving we're smarter than what's not functioning properly or we're not. Transportation molded to reflect the automobile's primacy is the very reason the infrastructure needs fixing. Traffic lanes up the ying-yang incessantly clogged. Why doesn't the biggest industry in the world participate in the future of energy? Piddling around disputing with this concept that maybe the earth's not been damaged enough? While being realistic is keeping the public's minds and consciousnesses on the steering wheel? So, in conclusion: 
(Robert) Moses' Legacy Requires Serious Touching Up
  A few people live in the resplendent suburbs of Detroit and beyond who feel the car did more for us than it took away. The asphalt transportation system was subsidized. Biggest socialist scam going. Can Anyone Buy A Clue? Wake up, there's coffee? 
  The entire transportation system should have been properly upgraded and subsidized as was the traffic system which always claims ACCIDENTS every day. ALL THESE TRAGEDIES ARE MISTAKES. Not accidents. Our financial insurance juggernaut that counts life as a series of gambles WHEN WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE SMARTER THAN THIS. 
  In the broader picture people take too much for granted and go too fast accepting a certain level of risk that stretches what's cautionary leading to what's called accidents but are really mistakesWE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE SMARTER THAN THIS.

Copy every day. No issue gets further than sound byte. Gossip. Harrumph!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


The New York Times headline, Reclaiming the Title of Fastest in the Land, written by MANNY FERNANDEZ, begins lamenting that – six years ago, the highest posted speed limit in the country could be found on two stretches of Interstate in West Texas at 80 miles per hour.

Calling – to drive one of those stretched sections, 544 miles of Interstate 10 between El Paso and San Antonio, that cuts across the rural town of Sanora, a uniquely Texan experience. Sports cars and pickup trucks passed at speeds exceeding 90 m.p.h. in a landscape that at times seems as flat as the dashboard. They ignored the “strong crosswinds” roadside warnings and gave new meaning to the antilitter signs declaring “Don’t Mess With Texas.”
There you go. Up the ante. What else are people going to do, if as humans we can’t get our kicks any other way than living to die fighting statistics? Then, by all means, Texas, the hard way. Really, if we could stretch enough motor raceways across the country, linked without the deadweight of the slow and careful and careless other folks, then, maybe yeah, let’s all go too fast when everyone knows fools are tailgating everywhere on America’s freeways.
The Times quotes Ted Houghton saying, “I love it,” in 2006 when as a member of the State Transportation Commission he voted to raise the speed limit (he is now the chairman of the commission). “It’ll be the Texas autobahn.”
Ya get the feeling Ted doesn’t have problems with self-praise?
About the current change – Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation, which is overseen by the transportation commission, said a section of State Highway 130 between the Austin and San Antonio was designed and tested for high-speed travel. “Safety is our top priority,” Veronica Beyer, a department spokeswoman, said in a statement. “And tests have shown the designated speed is a safe one.”
Things work out for the best? Mistakes happen. A country addicted to speed must be satisfied?
The Times then explains how speed is acceptably useful when crossing the great expanse of Texas, and how Governor Perry put a happy face on an ad campaign when lieutenant governor. Popular on YouTube, he approaches a state trooper, uttering a kind of Texas driving motto. “Why don’t you just let us get on down the road?”
Sounds like one of those golden yellow brick road deals where we’re screwed by whose behind the curtain.
Then The Times quotes someone reiterating tailgating is terrible at 70 miles per hour. Da dump bump.
Still Mr. Curtis said, “You can’t piddle around at 55 miles an hour unless you want to leave two days early. We’re not in New York. We’re in the West. There is a world of difference.”
And on Mars we haven’t figured out how to make things crash yet, butindubitably will.
Then The Times story concludes with an allegorical tailgater who stopped with his hat off for a funeral procession.
Because, after all, it is just fact, that fast has repercussions.
Month Day - ..., 2017

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Publicity for more than a decade has been there's less profit for media conglomerates to discover and sell the news. But progress devoured the veracity of information long before the birth of this generation as a compelling story has come before the facts for a very, very long time. Apparently Martin Luther didn't tack his 95 Theses above a door as a publicity stunt to shame the Catholic Church hierarchy for exploiting the poor as alleged by his admirers, who through the printing press in January 1518 mounted Martin Luther's fame. Instead Martin Luther followed protocol by sending his criticisms up the Catholic Church chain of command. But as, the film director, John Ford said, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

Will the business of news presentation die, blamed as the culprit, because over time the crafted quality presentations circumvented people's desire to measure the news, since seeking, what was planted in everyone's lap, was out of fashion a very, very long time ago? Blaming the messengers for their having to represent a constituent opinion, rather than uncovering facts that could add up to comprehensive information? For corroboration of pervasive sycophanticism all one has to do is recognize Brit Hume's repetitive, rhetorical rant, on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, that liberalism is government enterprise. No, he doesn't say it that way specifically? Good, keep paying attention.
That profit is so disheveled, the news is not the marketplace of ideas but of messages to be bought and sold is the public's fault we haven't insisted on the whole story. Everyone following their own philosophies in sound bytes rather than expanding the political intellectual sphere. Or is political intellectualism just an oxymoronAnd court of public opinion not a trial? 

So while unaware of having these specific thoughts in mind, I looked to see an article of some detail in The New York Times' New Party Pick Putin as Leader by  labeled WORLD BRIEFING | EUROPE. But what I found was just a little tid-bit of accepted Western wisdom, without expansion, as if pasted to the Internet by Gawker itself except for the portent of important politics.  
Obviously I don't get around much as I can't remember ever hearing or seeing President Putin speak nonstop in English for 2 minutes and 28 seconds before. C/O The New York Times and the Kremlin.
Defining Free Speech Is Confining?

How Right Was The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member Dorothy Rabinowitz About The Notorious "All Powerful Bicycle Lobby Enterprise?"

Bike lanes by Casey Neistat

More importantly will this be the summer safe cycling isn't a debate? Because that's how the interview ends with both women shrugging and deciding they'll see how the fate of this bicycle program is perceived. 

Basically, Ms. Rabinowitz is right. The proliferation of sidewalk riding and traffic light running defies what is accepted proper street etiquette. Except the question that preceded her tirade was about a comparison of traffic deaths by automobile compared to no deaths by bicycle over the same period. Where have over aggressive irresponsible bike riders gotten their feeling that anything goes when it comes to traffic survival? From the culture's love of the car and willingness to forgive anything. The Chinese are destroying their environment and are now so addicted to luxury and riches the car brought to the world's elite that it's official few care whether the poor ever catch up or not.   

The popular story was tid-bitted by James Fallows in The Atlantic and Erik Wemple in The Washington Post, among many publications and WSJ. Even Anti-Bike Crusader Dorothy Rabinowitz Will Not Be Silenced by  in New York

But even if it were true bicycling was funneling gazillions of dollars through the system for political domination, the transportation industry's funds are available for a bountiful supply of all-powerful lobbies in many more venues than the challenge of making transportation safe for cyclists. Though it's really endearing watching Dorothy Rabinowitz express her steadfast belief. So no this won't be the summer the United States finally debates traffic. No this is the summer history judges the public's imagination as one fraudulently manufactured by colliding selfish financial motivations.

Last week at Red Lantern Bicycles I attended a discussion of the history of the New York City bicycle movement sponsored and hosted by Mike Green of BikeBlogNYC and Nona Varnado of theBirdWheelAnd you'd never seen an event look less sponsored by huge financial interests. While some people have made money from promoting bicycle transportation, for the most part, civilization is in these people's debt for caring enough long before the bike cult, the "powerful bicycle lobby enterprise," became a faction politicians might have to please.

Short Story Memorial for Counter Culturist, 
Bohemian Tuli Kupferberg

Thursday, October 11, 2012

(Robert) Moses' Legacy Requires Serious Touching Up

Under the headline Advocates Pushing for Bike Path Over Verrazano Bridge DNAinfo Reporter/Producer, Nicholas Rizziwrites from - STATEN ISLAND — A transit advocacy group wants tourists and others in the borough to be able to bike or walk across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in a contentious push to make one of the longest spans in the world more pedestrian friendly.

So with typical, objective, reportorial finesse a bone is thrown midst the pack to argue over where there are many reasons to not correct the wrong thing that was done in the first place. Simply put in Robert Caro' s The Power Broker the transportation czar Robert Moses, under whom the Verrazano was built, was ingrained with certain prejudices supposedly more common to his era than to ours. It's debated how accurate this point of Mr. Caro's was, but in designing the highways to reach the park system, Mr. Moses created on Long Island, he neglected, or certainly, possibly built overpasses under which buses could not travel thereby limiting the system to passenger cars. Mr. Caro couldn't help but predictably question that this was a prejudiced move to keep the lower economic status-ed blacks away from the white dominated summer paradises. Sure Robert Caro admits that's quite possibly not the full truth, but New York's flawed Moses was certainly prejudiced in the automobiles favor. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was built without a walk-way and I have walked the walkway he built into his previous spectacular Triborough (Robert F. Kennedy, Bobby) Bridge and I have never been so scared walking anywhere on this planet my entire life. A joke of a walkway right next to traffic, and when not, you're a story above as if dangling for your life. i just wanted down. So that's the background? Since Robert Moses burned our bridges to a sane traveling future, we should too?

Mr. Rizzi continues - The Verrazano bridge bike path is part of the group's proposed Harbor Ring — a 50-mile route for walkers and bicyclists that connects the waterfronts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and parts of New JerseyDave Abraham, of Transportation Alternatives, is quoted saying, "It is now a bridge that lacks access for all users. The need is still very much there. Imagine being able to avoid the $12 or $15 toll and just having a pleasant bicycle route to go back and forth."

Perhaps TA missed some politicians murmuring last year that they'd like to charge everyone for crossing the Queensborough Bridge. You can feel it can't you? Paying to carry yourself across a refurbished Verrazano Bridge. Socialism must be paid for like any other capitalist enterprise. No?

Then The Five Boro Bike Tour is praised as the great photo-op when closed to car traffic, while - The MTA, which manages the bridge, said it has no plans for such a project or money allocated for it, and that the agency is instead focused on an effort to upgrade the upper level of the bridge. Judie Glave, a spokeswoman for the MTA, said, "While we understand why many people would like to see a bicycle and pedestrian path across the Verrazano Bridge, we are currently focusing on a multi-year effort to replace and upgrade the entire upper level of the nearly 48-year-old bridge"

With solar panels and green space soil for MTA heads to be further planted in the sand?

And of course the Staten Island Advance reported Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro called the idea "ridiculous" and a waste of money. "I think it's absolutely ridiculous, across the Verrazano Bridge," Molinaro told the Advance. "It doesn't make sense. How many people would use it? It's got to be worth the effort and the cost, for everything you do."

Yet it would have been worth it to us for all these many years if Moses had bothered to care for more than the affluent driving caste. Obviously his park system is shared by everyone, who can get there, now. Be that as it may, it seems the long-time S.I. King Molinaro probably never met a chauffeured limousine he didn't love with all his heart. No?

Plus DNAinfo printed -  Molinaro did not respond to a request for comments for their article.
No kidding.

While TA's - Abraham countered that except for the bridge path, the majority of the Harbor Ring route would not be that large and expensive of a project. Nearly 28 miles of the route is already in place, and the majority of work for it would involve putting up signs, benches or painted lines, which Abraham expects to be implemented piecemeal. It's going to take years, maybe decades, for it to be fully realized," Abraham said. Transportation Alternatives has not designed or planned how the walkway would be put into place on the bridge, but is simply trying to build support for the idea. He added that the bridge, which opened in 1964, was originally mapped for pedestrian and bicycle use, and engineers have told him the original plans may still be used. "It is most definitely feasible to do," Abraham said. "Maybe those plans need to be adjusted or changed entirely, [but] it does seem like it's still very much a possibility. We don't want to advocate for an idea that's too much of a pipe dream." The original mapping would put the bike path on the outer-edge of both sides of the bridge near the cables. While agreeing the cost would be great, Abraham believes the path would be worth it in the end. "I really think the payoff would be tremendous," he said. "We have all these gems that a connected Harbor Ring could give better access. It would just continue to pay off in the future." Abraham wasn't sure why the walkway was never installed when the bridge was originally built, but heard rumors that notorious urban planner Robert Moses feared suicide attempts on the bridge.

DNAinfo includes more coverage of the suicide issue.

And TA is currently taking to the crowd-funding website Indiegogo to raise funds to print maps of the proposed Harbor Ring in an attempt drum up support.

Over Robert Moses' dead body. Hear, hear.

Month Day - ..., 2017

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