All is not rosy in the Big Apple…

We’ve covered a few positive NYC-area articles in the recent past…the Alta Bike Share program to be unveiled sometime this year, and the upcoming Bike Expo New York in the spring. We’ve also touched on the “bicycle backlash” as bike lanes and infrastructure gets installed on the streets of the Five Boroughs.

Looks like there’s more backlash coming…James Vacca, chairman of the City Council Transportation Committee, has some tough new rules and crackdowns for cyclists on NYC streets:

Vacca says, “We’ve got to make it clear that when you use a bicycle you have to go the right way on a one way street, you have to obey red lights, you have to stay off sidewalks. You have to consider motorists and pedestrians. You have to consider all users of public space in the city.”

You can read the full rundown of proposed legislation and find links to two interviews with Vacca by clicking here. Many of the legislative proposals target delivery cyclists…but it is unclear if that includes bike couriers. Obviously, ALL cyclists stand to be affected in some way by these proposals. Some of the proposals make sense, but as various news articles and bike advocates suggest, perhaps a similar focus should be committed to cracking down on vehicular scofflaws instead of blindly targeting only the two-wheelers.

If you’re an NYC resident, we’d love to hear what you think about these proposals and the perceived “backlash” as the city steadily becomes more bike-friendly.

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Bicycle commuter since 1989, bicycle enthusiast for 30+ years. I am a Bookmobile/Books By Mail librarian at a large library system and the proud father of two wonderful boys.