"Moving Beyond Bikelash!" Presented by Doug Gordon & Aaron Naparstek at the 2014 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C., March 4, 2014

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Published on March 5, 2014

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So you've got yourself some new bike lanes in your city. Great. But guess what you might also have? A bikelash! From cranky columnists complaining about scofflaw cyclists to parking-obsessed NIMBYs who never waste an opportunity to remind you that "this isn't Amsterdam," the addition of a bike lane to your community can open up a Pandora's box of bike hate. But fear not!

Using the tools of social media, old and new journalism, and even improv comedy, changing the conversation and moving beyond the bikelash can happen faster than you think. You just have to help it along.

A presentation by Aaron Naparstek of Streetsblog and MIT's Department of Urban Studies & Planning and Doug Gordon of BrooklynSpoke,com, at the 2014 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C., March 4, 2014

Moving Beyond Bikelash! Doug Gordon | Aaron Naparstek National Bike Summit Tuesday, March 3, 2014 @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Dr. Naparstek Advocate Journalist Cyclist Dr. Gordon Advocate Journalist Cyclist @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

BIKELASH! Know how to identify and treat it. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

PATIENT ZERO Prospect Park West Bike Lane @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Prospect Park West: Lay of the Land You are here. New York City @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Prospect Park West: Lay of the Land Prospect Park West @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

For $1.8 million you can have a 3-bedroom on PPW. It's an "exclusive" address! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

A PPW townhouse sold for $8.45 million in 2010! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

The address of Brooklyn's stars. Political stars! Governor Hugh Carey U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer & NYC DOT's Iris Weinshall Movie stars! Paul Bettany & Jennifer Connelly @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash Literary stars! Jonathan Safran Foer & Nicole Krauss

The pedestrian safety problem has been around for a while. Death-o-Meter at Grand Army Plaza, 1927. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

June 2010, DOT redesigns Prospect Park West. Before: Intimidating three-lane speedway. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash After: Two-way protected bike lane.

Transformed overnight into a fantastic street for biking. Photo by Dmitry Gudkov @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Transformed overnight into a fantastic street for biking. Photo by Dmitry Gudkov @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Transformed overnight into a fantastic street for biking. Photo by Dmitry Gudkov @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

The impact of the redesign is dramatic:  Surge in the number of people biking on PPW.  Speeding went way down: From 74% of cars to 20%.  Sidewalk cycling disappeared: From 46% of cyclists to 3%.  Car traffic volumes and travel times stayed the same.  Crashes resulting in injuries went down 63%.  And it's popular. 70%+ approval. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash Photo by Dmitry Gudkov

Surprise, surprise. Not everyone is happy about it. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

This is not your typical group of NIMBY bikelashers. Former Deputy Mayor & Sanitation Commissioner Former DOT Commissioner Norman Steisel Iris Weinshall @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Did we mention Iris Weinshall's all-powerful husband? Sorry… Wrong slide. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Did we mention Iris Weinshall's all-powerful husband? U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Also atypical: These bikelashers are mobilizing online. 291 members! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

It's OK. We can play that game… 291 members! 1,969 members!!! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

A major litigation firm takes NBBL's case "pro bono." "As a former federal prosecutor I've never seen something like this." -- March 9, 2011 @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Sometimes a bike lane is more than just a bike lane. "When I become mayor, you know what I'm going to spend my first year doing?" Mr. Weiner said to Mr. Bloomberg, as tablemates listened. "I'm going to have a bunch of ribbon-cuttings tearing out your f*#king bike lanes." -- March 4, 2011 Rep. Anthony Weiner Remember this guy? @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

They launch a smear campaign attacking NYC DOT and advocates. Video camera in the window of the mansion at 14 PPW @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Chuck + Marcia: BFF's CBS 2 Chief Political Correspondent Marcia Kramer @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

They're willing to hit the streets too. Big rally on October 21, 2010 @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

This stuff can get… emotional. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Zombies for Better Bike Lanes? Note to self: Try to be gracious toward your opponents. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

What it's really all about… The rallying cry of the aptly named Lois Carswell @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

We staged a counter-demonstration. Transportation Alternatives' Director Paul Steely White @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

As on Facebook, supporters outnumber opponents 300 to 50. We are also a much more generationally diverse crowd. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

August 2011: It takes more than a year, but we win in court. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

BIKELASH SYMPTOMS @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

“This isn‟t Amsterdam!” @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

“What is our objective in this city? To stigmatize the use of cars? Do we want Brooklyn to replicate Amsterdam?” – Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

"One political consultant said the idea of expanding the use of bicycles was foolhardy. Hank Sheinkopf told me: 'This isn’t Amsterdam. We have many narrow streets and a great number of cars and trucks.'” @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

“We will never be Amsterdam; never be Copenhagen. We are never going to be Portland.” – Louise Hainline, President, Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

“Beijing is looking more like New York City and New York City is moving towards Beijing of the 1960s & '50s.” – Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Beijing, 1960s @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Beijing, 2013 @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

“We keep hearing that St. Paul wants to be like Portland, and I always ask, „How long does the snow last in Portland?‟” – Clare Malloy Bluhm, Local Taxpayers for a Livable Community, St. Paul, MN @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

"This is a city made for people who want to go from point A to point B. This is not some Seattle coffee, grunge, pothead experiment. This is Chicago." – John Kass, Chicago Tribune @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

But… @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

"…But a lot of people are not particularly calm about bicyclists, and we are deeply sympathetic." @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

"Some of my best friends are cyclists." @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

"We’re not opposed to bike lanes. We‟re opposed to this one and the way it was done. You have to be concerned about all who use it, and that includes drivers, pedestrians, and the bicyclists." - Norman Steisel, former Deputy Mayor, NBBL member. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

“This is consistent with DOT‟s decision to enlist an individual (the „Blogger‟) to wage a viral campaign against critics of the PPW configuration, many of whom support bike lanes generally, including on Prospect Park West.” – Jim Walden, NBBL attorney @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

"I'm not against cycling. I think it‟s environmentally friendly. But they share the roads with drivers and pedestrians and they have a responsibility to follow the same laws." – Eric Ulrich, New York City Councilman, Queens @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

"Listen. First off, I’m not against bicycles. My wife and I have a bicycle. But I have an absolute right to raise a question as to whether or not bicycle lanes should be emphasized as a viable alternative transportation mode." – Marty Markowitz Brooklyn Borough President @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

 Pre-exemptive self-exoneration.  Invocation of humorless cycling advocates.  Invocation of personal cycling bona fides.  Reference to America‟s love affair with cars.  Invocation of damnable scofflaw cyclists. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Additional bikelash symptoms:  Concern trolling.  Nobody bikes, so we don‟t need bike lanes.  There are too many cyclists, so bike lanes are dangerous. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

CITI BIKE Virulent, Rapid-Onset Bikelash @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

April 7, 2013 The invasion… @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

NOMB: Not On My Block! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Citi Bike: Lawsuits @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

May 27, 2013 The day we‟ve all been waiting for! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

“The bike lobby is an all-powerful enterprise.” @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

"They're just f*cking bikes!” @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Citibike: A pleasant way for wayward pols to pay penance. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

TREATMENT You CAN Fight Bikelash @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Strong local advocacy organizations are key! Apologies to the many great bike advocacy groups not recognized here! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

In NYC T.A. has been working since the 1970's. New York Times, November 15, 1980 @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Even on PPW we had a long-running community process. Park Slope Civic Council Forum on Traffic and Transportation March 2006 @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

We brought together every stakeholder we could think of. Grand Army Plaza Coalition Visioning Workshops Summer 2006. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Highlight the problem. Generate demand for change. Super-Advocate Eric McClure speed-gunning on Prospect Park West 65 mph! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Fast, inexpensive, incremental design improvements. Test out ideas. Circumvent fear-mongering. Create "wins." @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Fast, inexpensive, incremental design improvements. Test out ideas. Circumvent fear-mongering. Create "wins." @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Show what it's all about: Safe streets for kids, seniors, families. April 10, 2011: We Ride the Lanes. 700 participants. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Be organized, vocal and VISIBLE. Outstanding community meeting tactic: Hand out Day-Glo stickers. Take a photo of supporters. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Build your own media channels! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

The Internet is our competitive advantage. “Digital networks have acted as a massive positive supply shock to the cost and spread of information, to the ease and range of public speech by citizens, and to the speed and scale of group coordination.” - Clay Shirky @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Four things that advocates and organizers need most:  Access to Information  Group communication  Group coordination  Public documentation and distribution of information. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Livable streets advocacy in the "old days." @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

#BikeNYC Today we can do so much more at a fraction of the cost. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

#WinterBiker A social media campaign by the Boston Cyclists Union after a state agency refused to clear riverfront bike paths. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

#WinterBiker spreads to Buffalo, New York @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

How I learned to stop worrying and love the bikelash. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

“…a cyclist has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when the ride.” – Rep. Ed Orcutt Kalama, Washington @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Del Close, the father of improv comedy… …and your guru for beating the bikelash. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

The Upright Citizens Brigade TV stars, comedians, and experts in dealing with crazy situations. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Fundamentals of improv: 1. “Yes, and…” 2. The Game of the Scene. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

What if they had a War on Cars and nobody showed up? @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

The Game of the Scene. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

"Imagine if the man on the bike was a terrorist!" @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

@naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

PPW protest: lots to disagree with here...but should you? @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Neighbors for Better Judgment @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

Infiltrating enemy lines…with humor! @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

How do you play “The Game”? • Many editors, writers, and TV producers have a narrative in mind. • They will not deviate from it even when the facts work against them. • Your job: recognize their game, call it out… …and then heighten it. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

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What is The Brooklyn Paper‟s “Game”? @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

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Create your own game: • People who bike are regular people. • It‟s not “funny” by itself, but that‟s the point. • In comparison, arguments against cycling. seem ridiculous without need for arguing. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

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Prevent Bikelash in Your Community:  Build and support a healthy advocacy eco-system.  Develop your own media channels.  Change the conversation through agreement. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

There is a cure. @naparstek @brooklynspoke #bikelash

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