Last year, Bikesnobnyc stuck a fork in “those directionally-challenged irritants known as bike salmon.”
Bike salmon are essentially those riders who ride the wrong way in the bike lane, risking collisions with those going in the right direction. On many occassions I’ve almost had a salmon smash into me while I’m riding or walking. Scares the begeezus out of me!
More recently, Reuters writer Felix Salmon (no relation to the other salmons mentioned) wrote a thoughtful theory about the cars-versus-pedestrians-versus-bikes mentality in NYC.
“Most bikers in New York have their fair share of road rage. Commuting by bicycle in Manhattan has many things to be said for it, but it’s certainly not relaxing. And bicyclists as a group have surprisingly little public support. The question is, why? And I think I’ve worked out something approaching the Unified Theory of New York Biking.”
According to Salmon, bikers have an identity crisis on NYC streets, because they are viewed as — and often act like — pedestrians. And bike salmons play a particularly devious role in adding to this chaos.
New York Magazine weighed in on Salmon’s article, including a scary salmon-in-the-bike lane visual.
What do you all think of salmoning?