I do believe you are right Patrick. Mayor Bloomberg certainly has his share of detractors and always will no matter what he does he will come under fire so to speak. Some of his proposals have been a wee OTT IMHO but certainly not this one. Many working class people loathe him because he is an elitist let's face it.
Just that both of them come from extremely similar, élite circles, and specifically, from two of the most important business news services in the world. Of course Ms Rabinowitz isn't a mayor, but that doesn't make her any less elitist than Mr Bloomberg.
That isn't even a criticism of either, just a fact.
I took part in a 23 mile race/rally today. It was quite grueling but very satisfying and I met a lot of really cool people, many of whom I had seen or had seen me over the last couple of years. It was great fun,hot, exhausting, but, reaffirmed why I love to ride!!! I signed up for the next one and will connect with some of the folks I met and do some trial runs. They awarded me my own jersey at the end of this trial!!! I was tickled pink!!!
Thanks HTMB!! It was indeed hot but, the fact that it was early enough in the day made it more bearable. Also, riding alongside others made the time and distance seem not so grueling. I slept like a baby last night. I was able to get out this a.m. early and do 14 miles with no problem.
By the way, do you have (own or borrowed) a sportier bike than your lovely old Raleigh? I love my old Raleigh (which has six speeds, including a very easy one for climbs, installed because of my athritis) but I think I'd like something sportier for a race-type event. I've often cycled the distance of your rally with mine, but at my own decorous pace.
I still have my trusted old Raleigh 3 speed which I use for errands etc. in the 'hood and such. For extensive long rides I have a "cross" bike, light weight, well suited for long distances. I thought I had a picture of it but it must have gotten lost in the fray. I dare not use it for errands to the library, grocery etc. as I do not trust any lock and it being stolen. I've had one too many bikes stolen in my time here.
I am furious about my local bike station being closed indefinitely due to vandalism "until further notice." When I received my weekly report and "green points" this week, I only had logged on for 10 minutes and 2 points last week. Grrrr!
casimira, I would NEVER use a hybrid or "cross" bicycle for utilitarian cycling in town. I had one some years back - a friend was moving to Europe and sold me a $800 bicycle - which would be at least a $1000 nowadays - for $200. It was stolen two weeks later, and yes, I had a very good lock. I didn't leave it outside at night either - just at a university library where I was doing research for a translation. I didn't have a cheap bike at the time. Bought one a week after the theft ... and cheap bike got stolen too.
I don't think there is any thing as specific bicycle insurance where I live. Insurance is far more expensive if we don't take a deductable for householder's and responsibility insurance, and my deductable disallowed what I had paid for my good, but technically second-hand, bicycle. I had the original bill, and also what I had paid for it (receipt).
i had a bike stolen when i was a teenager (didn't lock it) and some that got damaged by vandalism later on, but by now no stolen bikes in years ... okay, now my bike spends its time mainly in my cellar, but even before that, it used to be okay ...
I don't think there is such a thing as bike insurance in France. One of my kids had 3 bikes stolen and we never got anything. The insurance company claimed the bike had to be stolen out of a locked shed at home to be reimbursed, with a deductible.
Maybe other insurance companies are better about it, but I am rather cynical about insurance companies. in general.
I can safely report with much enthusiasm that the NYC bike share program is ultra efficient. I think they need more though. Hopefully there will be more. We rode over the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday and went to Grimaldi's for fabulous pizza, then explored a wee before heading back.
They're trying to get a bike share/bike rental program off the ground in Vancouver but it won't work because helmets are legally required and they can't find a way to get around that little technicality.