As many of you are aware we have a local news pundit, Stu Bykofsky, he makes his living as a commentator for the Philadelphia Daily News. Back in 2009 Stu made bicycles, bicycle infrastructure, and cyclists his personal crusade.
And like Don Quixote, Stu has his imaginary world where bicyclists are the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse and bicycle lanes are the road they travel upon. In his columns cyclists are “bikeheads” and “pedalphiles” and every cyclist is a lawbreaker. Running red and stop signs, riding on the sidewalk, and weaving in and out of traffic. Bicycle lanes and cyclists slow down traffic and create congestion. Since Stu is just writing commentary he doesn't have to back up his claims with facts.
There is one thing, that try as he might Stu has not been able to counter, the bi-annual bicycle count held by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia which the City of Philadelphia government uses as part of traffic engineering. Stu claims the numbers can't be trusted because of the partisan nature of the BCGP and looks for loopholes in the instructions such as “don't count bicycles on rainy days”. Which is the equivalent of counting cars during a blizzard. But for all of the whining and kvetching Stu does he is unwilling to provide a bike count of his own. After all how difficult would it be to send some interns from the Daily News to the same street corners that the BCGP uses?
So now you can help to annoy Stu Bykofsky by participating in the BCGP Fall bicycle count by volunteering 90 minutes of your time during the morning or afternoon rush hour. For more information click here. Remember your not just helping to improve infrastructure for cyclists throughout Philadelphia, you're also annoying Stu Bykofsky.