New Yorker's Anti-Bike Lane Blog Creates Uproar

The Economist did not take lightly to reading The New Yorker's economics writer blast Manhattan's bike lanes so he could park his Jaguar for free. Ironically, Cassidy may have annoyed his fellow economists more than the 'bike lobby' that he targets.
March 15, 2011, 7am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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The Economist's R.H. Washington blogs, "I almost feel bad for the New Yorker's John Cassidy, who is currently being skewered by much of the blogosphere for writing a profoundly wrongheaded blog post bashing New York City's bike lanes. But it really is a doozy of a misstep."

Cassidy is a big supporter of the "lawsuit challenging a bike lane on Prospect Park West" and clearly has a beef with what he refers to as the city's bike lobby.

Cassidy writes, "I view the (Mayor) Bloomberg bike-lane policy as a classic case of regulatory capture by a small faddist minority intent on foisting its bipedalist views on a disinterested or actively reluctant populace."

A NYT blog takes the criticism of Cassidy's piece a step further, noting that his reasoning "mirror(s) the rhetorical tactics of the Tea Party".

Thanks to Len Conley

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Published on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in The Economist
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