I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, but after a spin on my road bike late this morning in Central Park, I thought a few might be in order:
- Be courteous to all clueless pedestrians who wander into park and street bike lanes, but firmly remind them they are in my space.
- Observe traffic lights; otherwise you risk an expensive ticket especially in Central Park and on Riverside Drive.
- Learn to say "on your right" and "on your left" in Spanish, French, Italian and other languages to shout as you pass helmetless tourists riding rental bikes.
- Try not to yell at runners who insist on trotting in marked bicycle lanes; do ring your bell as you pass them, even though it makes no impression whatsoever.
- Remain optimistic that the NYC bike-share program will debut in May, or June, or thereabouts, and that it will not cause complete chaos on the streets.
- Suggest to Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan that they install piggy banks on important street corners where New Yorkers jaywalk in droves. If every jaywalker deposited a penny each time they crossed against a light, we would not need a New York income tax.