Epilogue: New York City’s Protected Bikeways: Then and Now
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The provision of bikeways in New York City has had a checkered history. Congressman Ed Koch was all for bikeways in the early 1970s, and he rode on demonstrations calling for their creation—demonstrations such as those organized by activists like the Village Voice columnist David Gurin, friend of urbanist Jane Jacobs, and cofounder of the confrontationally named Action Against Automobiles. Koch became mayor and Gurin became assistant transport commissioner, but in 1980s-America keeping the protected bikeways they had both long called for didn’t pan out.