Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was on the tube this evening, announcing that the city would become more energy conscious. He stated that from now on, all new city vehicles purchased would be hybrids. He further added that he would soon trading in his personal SUV, for something that delivers better fuel mileage.
All good and fine. But there was no mention of making Boston more bike friendly. For those not aware, Boston has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most bicycle hostile cities in the country. (Logically, it should not be. Physically, it's not a large city. It is mostly flat, with some hills. Of course, Winters can be problematic, but I won't address that here.)
The street layout, the congestion (cars are packed into the street like sardines on weekdays), the horrible condition of some roads, and the attitude of Boston drivers all make for a nasty ride.
A lot of promises were made to cyclists, but all went down the tubes. (a bicycle coordinator was hired for the city, but was quickly layed off with no explanation.)
Question: Why is bicycling, as a legitimate means of transportation, being totally ignored by Boston city government?
Comments, opinions, and observations?