[Redacted], who writes the blog, Bike Snob NYC, drew attention to Savino's comments on Twitter and on his site on Thursday.
"A state senator bragging on Facebook about engaging in acts of road rage is inappropriate, alarming and representative of a disregard for public safety," [Redacted] told DNAinfo New York.
"It's an insult to her constituents. It's also totally ironic because the conversational thread that inspired her comment is based on a total misreading of comments I made in which I excoriated reckless bicycling."
Wow, that guy is really eloquent, ain't he? He should give himself a raise.
Well, predictably, Savino has explained her comments away as a "joke" while continuing to blame cyclists for the ills of society:
Reached by the Daily News, Savino said her comments were meant as a joke but she continued to express frustration with bicyclists who don’t obey traffic laws.
“Unfortunately, those who don’t follow the rules of the road create problems as we saw with that terrible tragedy in Central Park,” Savino said.
And who could blame her, considering we're out there doing 40mph and all:
“Minimally, there’s got to be greater enforcement,” she continued. “And bikers have to take responsibility for what’s happening. They’re moving sometimes at 40 miles an hour. We just went through the whole process of reducing the city speed limit to 25 miles an hour, unless it is otherwise posted. That should apply to bikes as well. We are all in this together.”
Yeah, that's right. FORTY MILES AN HOUR! Are you fucking kidding me? I guess if 46mph is "Fred 'Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!'" speed then 40mph is "Politician full of shit" speed. And yeah, sure, even when we're not doing 40 we're routinely cruising around the city in excess of 25mph, that's completely realistic. After all, according to a certain cycling app, it's only the AVERAGE SPEED OF THE WINNER OF THE GODDAMN 2014 PARIS-ROUBAIX:
At this rate, look for the winner of the 2015 edition to come screaming into the Roubaix velodrome on a Citi Bike.
And how about that "fucking bike lane" we're supposed to use? Well, a Streetsblog reader was kind enough to upload a photo of the bike lane out of Savino's Staten Island office:
All else aside, who the fuck still drives a Hummer? Even Escalade drivers think Hummer drivers are douchebags.
But wait, it gets better. Did you know Savino has a boyfriend?
(Sorry fellas, she's taken.)
Yep, he's a dreamboat named State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein:
“It was very, very cold,” Mr. Klein said.
“We went socks shopping,” Ms. Savino added.
Who, back in 2008, threatened the author of "No Impact Man" with bodily harm after cutting him off with his Mercedes:
At this point, you brought your vehicle to an abrupt halt, not to avoid hitting me, but because you apparently needed to communicate something to me. You rolled down your window and said, "Get your hands off my car, you fucking asshole."
I said, "You were veering into me and going to crush me."
You said, "You better not touch other people's cars. You might find that touching other people's cars is more dangerous than traffic."
This gave me the impression that you were threatening me.
So I think it's fairly obvious that both of these people are complete and utter pieces of shit, which I realize is redundant inasmuch as they are politicians.
Oh yeah, Klein is also my representative in Albany.
So I've got that going for me.
Which is nice.
Penultimately, here is an article which you should absolutely read but which I hope you'll never need:
And lastly, hit-and-run victim Dulcie Canton is about halfway to her fundraising goal, so if you're inclined please help her make it the rest of the way:
You have my full permission to feel smug after that.
And on that happy note, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right that's great, and if you're wrong you'll see apocalyptic cycling.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and watch out for state senators.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
("I'm Frank Dickof, my surname is not a verb, and I approve this message.)
1) Wall Street Journal reader Frank Dickof needs everybody to know he doesn't like residential developments that feature bicycle amenities because he's Frank Dickof, dammit!
2) Felt's $14,000 time trial bike is called the:
3) Finally! A saddle that's:
--Sagging in the middle
--Equipped with a revolutionary tapering frontal portion called a "nose"
--All of the above
4) What is "Swagon?"
--A trailer designed specifically for roadies
--A Rapha Citroën H-Van that will give away free stuff at cyclocross races this fall
--A new social network from the mind of Paul Budnitz
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5) The new UCI World Time Trial Champion is:
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6) During a post-hour record publicity tour, Jens Voigt was ticketed by police in Melbourne for not wearing a helment while using the city's bike share system.
7) According to a complete moron with nonexistent reading comprehension skills, I am a:
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