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Chaos on two wheels?


Bill Cunningham, the octogenarian who chronicles New York’s ever-changing fashion scene by riding around the city on his bike to snap photos for his New York Times column “On the Street,” had some words in his latest video on the city’s new bike-share program.

Bill Cunningham at work

Bill Cunningham at work

“It’s absolutely wonderful. There are bikes everywhere. And it’s perfect for the New Yorkers who have always been totally impatient. When they walk on the sidewalk, they don’t stop for anyone, and it’s really hilarious to watch them come around the corner when two of them meet face to face and neither one will stop …
“Now they’re all on bikes, so it’s all gonna happen on bikes. …
“What I love is to see them all on wheels on the way to work in the morning, in their business suits and the women in their office clothes, many of them in sport clothes that they change to office clothes.
“But it has a very humorous, and a very practical effect. And for New Yorkers, who haven’t got the patience to wait one second for anyone to get out of their way. I mean it’s wonderful. …”
Chaos on two wheels?

New Yorkers checking out the new bike-share system. Photo by Bill Cunninghtam, The New York Times

New Yorkers checking out the new bike-share system. Photo by Bill Cunninghtam, The New York Times

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