Notice how one-sided the bike lane backlash (or "bikelash") has been lately? It's all "Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes this" and "Former DoT Commissioner that," but the city is finally stepping into the fray to fight for their lanes.
Today's Times reports that the Bloomberg Administration has designated Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson its official pro-lane lobbyist, and for his first act
[h]e composed a communiqué that laid out a sober, data-driven argument in favor of the lanes — the type of bullet-pointed memo more familiar to political spin shops than public agencies — and posted it on the mayor’s Web site.
The memo also reveals the actual numbers regarding the oft-speculated-about case of pedestrians killed in collisions with cyclists:
From 2001 through 2005, four pedestrians were killed in bike-pedestrian accidents. From 2006 through 2010, while cycling in the city doubled, three pedestrians were killed in bike-pedestrian accidents.