Weiner rolls with Citi Bike



Weiner whips it out: Anthony Weiner displayed his Citi Bike annual-membership key during an interview with The Villager on Friday morning.  Photo by Lincoln Anderson

PUBLISHED AUG. 9, 2013  | UPDATED AUGUST 15, 2013| BY LINCOLN ANDERSON| During a wide-ranging interview with the editorial staff of The Villager and NYC Community Media last Friday morning, The Villager at one point asked mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner about his position on bike lanes and bike-share.

Weiner said he’s all for bike-share, a.k.a. Citi Bike, and supports expanding the program to all five boroughs. In fact, he has an annual membership to the program, and whipped out his blue Citi Bike key to prove it — then posed for a photo with it.

However, he’s more cautious on bike lanes, saying that “there are good bike lanes and there are bad bike lanes.”

Asked about his well-reported crack about bike lanes that he made at an event with Mayor Bloomberg three years ago, he said it was a joke, and that people don’t seem to have a sense of humor.

Weiner was reported saying to Bloomberg, and has admitted saying, that the first thing he would do when elected mayor was to “have a ribbon-cutting when I rip out all of your f——- bike lanes.” But this was a joke, Weiner said, adding that some people just didn’t seem to get that.

As for bike-share, he said he really enjoys riding the blue bikes back and forth from his home in the Gramercy area to Chelsea Piers when he plays his ice-hockey games there. And he likes the fact that he can just park the cycle on the street, since he doesn’t have space in his apartment for a bike.

Bicycle attorney Steve Vaccaro, a board member of the new group StreetsPAC, said that Weiner has previously publicly specifically criticized the bike lane on Broadway in the Gramercy area, saying that he doesn’t like the bike lane near where he lives. Asked about his feelings on that bike lane by The Villager on Friday, Weiner reiterated his disdain for it.

“Broadway is ridiculous,” he said. “It went from two lanes to one lane. Trucks can’t make deliveries. If they have to deliver wine to a restaurant, they either have to park in one lane of traffic or park on the sidewalk.”

Weiner’s brother, Jason, is the executive chef at Almond restaurant, at 12 E. 22nd St., just east of Broadway.

“There is also this jihadist attitude that’s not going to work with me,” the mayoral candidate further declared. “If I have an administration that makes a mistake, we’ll address it.”

Weiner then repeated his comments about the Broadway bike lane and “jihadist” attitudes — and again flashed his bike-share key — a few days later, on Monday, during an online interview with Ben Smith on Buzz Feed.

On other issues, for example, asked about his position on development, Weiner acknowledged, “I am a pro-development Democrat — I want to grow the city, I want to create jobs. … New York City zoning can’t be white rice,” he said. “It has to be Pad Thai.”

Weiner complained he’s getting treated unfairly by the big media and powerful institutions, noting that, “The Times has already told me five times to drop out.”

“It’s fairly clear I make the big institutions of the city baffled,” he declared. “That I’m in the running makes them apoplectic. Because I basically said, ‘Whatever you think of my circumstances or my candidacy, I don’t give a s—.’ These are the same forces that gave us a third term. The fact that I make them so crazy is proof positive of why I should be mayor.”

The Villager will be providing fuller coverage of the Weiner interview, as well as interviews with the other mayoral candidates, and other local races in the upcoming weeks’ issues.

Mayoral Forum on Senior Issues

Anthony Weiner was spotted riding off on a Citi Bike on LaGuardia Place back on July 11 after he participated in a mayoral forum on senior issues at New York University. He told The Villager he has since replaced this old-school Bell helmet with a new free one handed out by the city.    Photo by Jefferson Siegel

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7 Responses to Weiner rolls with Citi Bike

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  2. uninvited guest

    Aside from reservations we may feel about Anthony Weiner that stem from his compulsive sexting, and more recently, his disrespectful behavior to fellow mayoral hopeful George McDonald (at a public forum Weiner called the 69-year old Republican "Grandpa"), his pro-development stance must give us particular cause to pause. This is especially so for Villagers who have seen our neighborhoods sold off, piece by piece, to the highest bidder.

    Would we want to elect a Bloomberg 2.0 without impulse control?

    I hope not.

  3. This guy is so sickening. Can't you take his ugly picture down?

  4. • Can’t this guy keep that thing in his pants? There’s a replacement fee if he misplaces it, you know.

  5. Puh-lease, Villager, put the “brakes” on coverage of Weiner. The guy’s clearly unstable and should be “ridden” right off the ballot. Why keep “recycling” bad rubbish?

  6. Comparing thoughtful advocates for safer streets to terrorists like Hamas is extremely offensive. Advocates for bike lanes attend community board meetings, work with local elected officials and city agencies to make better decisions about how to accommodate all street users and make the streets safer for the most vulnerable users. Interesting that Mr. Weiner mentions his inconvenienced restaurant owning brother when he talks about street safety rather than the other one that was killed by a hit and run driver in 2000. It’s hard to take Mr. Weiner seriously when he make jokes as wild accusations against the very people that are trying to prevent other families from experiencing the unimaginable pain of losing a loved one unexpectedly to a traffic crash.

  7. The man is completely disingenuous. He talks about good vs bad bike lanes, but the only examples of “bad” lanes he gives are ones where people close to him have expressed displeasure (PPW and Broadway) but which based on objective metrics – which he insists will be his guiding principal – such as lower accident rates, high usage and even economic benefits, are actually very successful bike lanes. It is important to pay attention as much to what he doesn’t say as to what he does. He leaves himself enormous room to walk away from any suggestion that he is pro safe streets. At base, he is a fraud. Sadly, our other options in the mayor’s race are not much better.

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