In a post last month, Why the Tea Party Is Necessary, I noted the stupidity and incompetence of New York's transportation commissioner's plan to remove car lanes and replace them with bike lanes which almost no one used:
Once upon a time, cars were able to park along the curb, as in most municipalities. There were three spots set aside for cars with MD plates and the rest were meters for the general public. The City took away one traffic lane and two parking spots and now has cars oddly placed in the middle of the street. During periods of usual traffic, the loss of one lane increases transit time significantly. Traffic never moves fast in New York (though the recession has helpfully cut the number of cars driving in the City; perhaps the Democrats can use that as evidence for the silver lining of their economic policies?) Here is the conundrum for the Bloomberg administration, as it increasingly attempts to micromanage the behavior of New Yorkers: although their desire to save the planet and protect the health of New Yorkers is admirable, (it is for our own good, after all) they have neglected to factor in the unintended consequences of their policies. For example, of the number of people who travel up First Avenue everyday, less than 1% are riding bikes. If the bike lane causes increased congestion (which it does) then the net benefit on our carbon footprint will go up, rather than down.
There is more in my original post about the essential mindlessness of the plan, apparently in service to some fantasy about saving the environment from the dreaded climate destroying CO2 that we exhale and our cars produce.
Now we see the next (il)logical step in a recurring process:
1) Government comes up with a plan to address a non-existent problem.
2) Said plan does not do what it was imagined to do and shows itself to be counter-productive.
3) Government does a study that shows Plan is not working.
4) Government comes up with a new set of plans for an expanded approach to fix the errors inherent in the original plan.
5) The new plan requires more bureaucracy, costs more money, and does more damage:
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer sent his staff out to stare at dopey bike lanes popping up all over town. They saw all kinds of what he called safety violations, ranging from taxis and pedestrians using the lanes to cyclists going the wrong way and running red lights.
His answer: a bigger bureaucracy and higher costs. Stringer wants better signs, a public-awareness campaign and strict enforcement by cops.
No thanks. The NYPD is cutting back on anti-terror teams because it doesn't have the cash. Further diluting the force by having cops patrol bike lanes makes about as much sense as the lanes themselves, which is zero.
Add in the Federal mandate to change all the street signs in New York City because some idiot in the Federal bureaucrat doesn't like the current font and you have a near perfect storm of stupidity on the streets of New York, the apotheosis of modern liberalism.