P.J. O’Rourke does have a point!

I’ve always enjoyed this guy’s straight shooting, so read his attack on New York’s bike paths with an open mind. He is delightful to read actually. He mocks himself as a boomer, makes points that are so outlandish we know, deep down, he is joking, then pokes fun at cyclists and bike lanes, in ways we should stand up and take note of. The "fibrosis" of bike lanes choking Manhattan, if it is anything like Sydney’s, must be an annoyance, because so many fair weather cyclists "use" them, as though cycling were the mini-tennis of transit. And this third network—especially when it comprises 2-way tracks down one side of the road—turns an already complex dual system made up of footpaths and roadways, into a three way spaghetti of networks, taking the complexity from 2×2=4 (pedestrians+cars  multiplied by cars+pedestrians), to 3×3=9. I wonder if 1 road for all modes—cars, pedestrians and cyclists—should not be considered as a blanket solution for cities. We could all slow down to about 10mph, and in the end all get there nearly as fast. 
I’m not sure what these kinds if photos actually prove. Some cyclists’ lack of grace maybe?

Thanks for that P.J., you got me thinking. One big lane! That’s my new mantra. We’ll have to abolish on-street parking. And I think it would be best to plant trees in a random fashion, rather than in rows, lest anyone think any one "lane", as suggested by straight rows of trees, is for their mode alone and develop that sense of entitlement that makes people so f…ing dangerous! Rather than failing forever in our attempts to drag order from chaos, we will drag goodwill from chaos instead. Car lanes, and bike lanes, and walking lanes, and marked places to park… all that was fine, as an experiment. But then people started taking those painted lines on the road to mean they had the right to career down certain strips with no regard for who they might kill. I’m talking about drivers and cyclists alike.

Pedestrianised high density residential areas, with ground level commercial, and one vast 15km p/h zone.

A bit of a stream of consciousness flow has taken over my writing tonight, and it has me thinking drivers and cyclists are both in the wrong! Since when did anything go faster than about 4mph in the city? Only since cars and bikes were invented. Anyone wanting to gallop, should do as gallopers did in the past, and take it out of the town. So P.J., you can shut up, and me and my lot can shut up as well. It will be walking pace only in cities, from this day on. Tonight I would seem to be sharing Jan Gehl’s point of view. 

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