What is it with the New York elite and bicycles?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a bike sharing system to the city, much like Capital Bikeshare in Washington and the bike-share systems I’ve used in a bunch of European cities. The system has been more successful than expected here in D.C. and it’s just considered a way of life throughout Europe.
But the elitists in the Big Apple are treating transportation on two wheels like the beginning stages of a Commie/Nazi siege. Here’s a screed from frontpagemag.com:
Bicycles are one of the obsessions of Mayor Bloomberg and his transportation secretary Janette Sadik-Khan. Khan is the granddaughter of Imam Alimjan Idris, a Nazi collaborator and principle teacher at an SS school for Imams under Hitler’s Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini. The bio of his son, Wall Street executive Orhan Sadik-Khan, frequently mentions the bombing of the family home in Dresden and surviving trying times after World War II. It neglects to mention that the times were only trying because their side was losing.
In 1933, Idris wrote a letter asking why Allah would have chosen the Jews, whom he described as, “the most despicable, repulsive and corrupting nation on earth.” It’s hard to say what Imam Idris would have made of his granddaughter marrying a Jewish law professor and peddling bikes that no one wants from a nearly bankrupt Montreal government company.
But considering that Imam Idris was at times accused of being a Soviet agent and did some work for Imperial Japan, it seems likely that he would have understood.
In partial revenge, Khan has made many New York streets nearly as impassable as those of her grandfather’s wartime Dresden. Bike lanes have turned two lane streets into one lane streets. Infidels sit in their cars and honk while bike lanes go unused and midtown bus lanes sit empty except for the occasional daring taxi driver braving the bus lane camera and the 150 dollar fine.
Wow! You’ve literally got Nazis and Commies and the Red Menace, not to mention Muslims and our sinister neighbor north of the border.
Bike sharing makes streets as impassible as wartime Dresden? Dresden streets were impassible because the Allies bombed the hell out of the city.
This is what happened in Dresden:
That is not equivalent to setting up a bicycle stand. The writer of he above piece is nuts, but he’s not the only one who’s gone off the deep end. Here’s a “respected member of the media elite”:
Totalitarian? Jeez, it’s a bike.
And Dorothy Rabinowitz does not represent the majority of citizens in New York, because the majority aren’t editorial writers for the Wall Street Journal who have car services or chauffeurs picking them up and dropping them off so they don’t have to deal with that little inconvenience called parking, which is practically impossible in the city.
I can’t even imagine what’s going through these people heads. But if bike sharing is the equivalent of communism, fascism, Islamic terrorism and the Allied bombing of a German city, I would move out of New York immediately.