Anthony Weiner buys into bike share and says he won't go on an 'anti-bike lane jihad.' But.
Anthony Weiner, now a declared mayoral candidate, wants to clarify one thing for voters.
"I am not, despite my one comment, I am not going to go on an anti-bike lane jihad if I'm lucky enough to get elected," he said in an interview this afternoon.
Weiner said he was only joking when he told Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2010 that " I’m going to have a bunch of ribbon-cuttings tearing out your fucking bike lanes."
He said today, "You should not characterize me as an enemy or opponent of bikes or bike lanes. I love bikes and I love bike lanes."
In fact, "I have on my key ring as we speak my bike share fob. But that doesn't change the fact that because of, basically, a way of doing business, the city has antagonized many many communities, and many people who would otherwise be big supporters of bikes."
Weiner didn't specify how he'd go about evaluating which bike lanes to keep and which to remove, but he did identify two he thought were problematic.
One is on Broadway, near the Gramercy apartment he shares with his wife, Huma Abedin, and infant son, Jordan.
The other is the much-discussed lane that runs along Prospect Park West, which, coincidentally or not, is strongly opposed by Iris Weinshall, the former New York City transportation commisioner and wife of Senator Chuck Schumer, Weiner's former boss.
"I live not far from here in Gramercy, a part of the city on Broadway which is very narrow that they've eliminated all but one lane," Weiner told me.
Delivery trucks, he said, "have two choices: They can either park in the roadway or they can pull up and park in the bike lane. Both of those are dangerous."
In Brooklyn, he said, the problem is different.
"I'm not crazy about the aesthetics of the Prospect Park West bike lane," he said. "You know, that beautiful open boulevard is now more congested."