Helen Rosenthal, bike helmet in hand, with former council candidate Ken Biberaj.
Sorry, bike lane haters. The Upper West Side has elected a very bike-friendly council member. Helen Rosenthal proved her allegiances by biking to Wednesday’s inauguration in freezing weather, as documented in the photo above.
But one idea she has proposed could irk some of the bicyclists: she told us in a Q&A last year that she wants bicyclists in the protected lanes like the one on Columbus Avenue to wear special identification.
“Protected bike lane users should be required to wear the same kind of yellow or orange jackets worn by delivery men so that there presence is more easily identified by pedestrians and unnecessary and dangerous accidents more likely to be avoided. Restaurants must be required to license their delivery men and wear clearly identifiable vests. Bike riders who do not follow the rules must be fined.”
This idea is very unlikely to pass muster — it would depend on a citywide change in the rules, and the de Blasio administration probably wouldn’t even consider it for fear it would depress bike usage.
That said, we’re curious if Upper West Siders support the idea. What do you think?