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Old 11-19-04, 06:56 AM   #1
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It's nice to see the Daily News doing the right thing. First, I read the story about the bike messenger we discussed yesterday. It was on page 50 and basically put the blame on the messenger, never once mentioning that the New York Vehicle Code says that if you're doored, it's the doorer's fault. Didn't expect much, so no disappointment, although someone should let the Daily News know (which I gracefully will, of course being the loudmouth that I am).

Then I got to the op-ed section, expecting to find more ass kissing of Madeline Provenzano, and didn't get that at all. In fact, what I got was the exact opposite. The Daily News awarded Councilmember Provenzano the "New York Knucklehead Award" for this week. Here's the accompanying op-ed:

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Comes now a City Council proposal to regulate New Yorkers by requiring them to get licenses for a legal activity, and, of course, pay a nice fee for the privilege, and, of course, build a bureaucracy to keep track of the paperwork. The activity is riding a bicycle, and the fee would be $25. As for the bureaucracy, who knows how bloated it would grow?

The idea springs from the knucklehead of Bronx Councilwoman Madeline Provenzano, who explains that her constituents are fed up with dangerous bicyclists. The city has more than a few of same, but requiring every rider older than 16 to register his or her wheels surely won't cut down on the scourge of speeding bike messengers.

Provenzano's thinking seems to be that if every bike had a license plate, you might get the tag number after you were run down. Well, good luck. The more efficient way to crack down on wild cyclists is to have cops blitz them with tickets. We'd go for that, as well as for having Provenzano affix this award to her bicycle seat so it is plainly readable to voters.
Apparently nobody is buying the BS coming out of Provenzano's office, including the Daily News which is hardly a bastion of conservative thought in this fair city. When the people who would most likely be on your side don't agree with you, you're in trouble.

Just thought you'd all like to see this, since I don't know how many of you NY'ers read the Daily News (or have seen this piece yet).

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Old 11-19-04, 07:25 AM   #2
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The more efficient way to crack down on wild cyclists is to have cops blitz them with tickets.
Question: How would you react if the police started handing out lots of tickets?

In other threads, other cyclists have said that without a tag, all they have to do is tell the cops to go to h*ll and speed away.

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Old 11-19-04, 07:26 AM   #3
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For the people riding on the sidewalks, riding against traffic, or violating other traffic laws? I say go for it, as long as the cyclist is violating the law.

I wouldn't exactly love it, but it wouldn't affect me since I stop at lights and stop signs, don't ride on the sidewalks, and ride very carefully.
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Old 11-19-04, 07:43 AM   #4
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You don't want to speed off as a cop tries writing you a ticket.

A meter maid is a different story, they're knuckleheads themselves. A cop'll remember you and run you down the next time they see you, while a meter maid can only stomp their feet in frustration because their most dangerous weapon is the ticket book.
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I want my license plate to read:
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Good luck figuring that out.
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The poor guy wasn't wearing a helmet -- it sounds from the sketchy details in the paper that that might have saved his life. I feel for him and his family -- let's try to learn from that sad experience.
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Long live the NY Daily News, still the best newspaper in NYC!!!!!!!!!!!!
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