More bike regs would go a long way
To the editor,
Thank you for researching and publishing (in your Nov. 29 issue) data that’s been collected re: bike/pedestrian accidents in New York City (“Stats on bicycle/pedestrian crashes”).
I frequently cross at 23rd Street and Second Avenue. As at other major cross streets bicycles have their own traffic light which is rather adorable (red, yellow and green icon of a bicycle). Many, perhaps half, of the bicyclists ignore it, if they see it at all. It’s particularly evident when there is a left turn signal for downtown traffic to turn to go East on 23rd to the FDR. That includes many trucks and at least one bus route.
I’ve seen vehicles having to deal with a bicycle weaving about in front of them as they turn. More frequently the bikes zip outside their lane to continue straight down Second in the middle of the street.
I appreciate that it would be an expensive use of police time to ticket scofflaws but wonder if enforcing obeying at the major cross streets might encourage compliance among many cyclists. As it is now, I understand the crossing guards, if they are present, are helpless as the bikes are too fast and too indistinct from one another.
That brings up another point, i.e. electrified bikes and scooters. If they are to be approved, they must be licensed so that we who are on foot have a bit of a chance of identifying with whom we are sharing the sidewalks and streets. Would it be too much for delivery bikes to have signs with the name of the restaurant attached? However awkward, it would be advertising as well as identifying.
Many of us who are older walk with a certain amount of fear as it is and it should be remembered many who are younger also have limited eye sight and other disabilities.
I’ve always heard pedestrians have the right of way but it doesn’t feel like that anymore.
Joyce Kent, Gramercy Park
Local pols wrong about Trump
Re: “Local synagogues packed after Pittsburgh massacre,” T&V, Nov. 22
Dear Ms. Mollot:
I understand the desire of Democrats such as Harvey Epstein to bash Republicans like Donald Trump; however, it is stooping very low to accuse him of responsibility for the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting massacre. Donald Trump has been the best friend Israel has ever had. He has supported Israel in its efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran. He has moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and announced support for Israel’s right to maintain control of the strategically vital Golan Heights from which Syrians used to shoot the Israeli farmers below. No American administration has ever done that. His son-in-law, Mr. Kushner, is Jewish; his daughter Ivanka is a convert to Judaism; and his grandchildren are Jewish, as are many of his advisers.
Mr. Epstein’s attack on Israel’s best friend in the White House is not only outrageous but hypocritical as well. Recently-elected Democratic leaders such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland and Ayanna Pressley have all spoken out against Israel. In addition, the Pew polling organization determined in 2016 that the majority of Democrats under the age of 30 said their sympathies aligned with the Palestinians and not with Israel. This despite the hundreds of rockets Palestinians have shot at Israeli civilians. It’s time to start putting ethics above politics.
Gamaliel Isaac, ST