Cycling News: New Yorkers discover bicycles are fashionable (Except for WSJ)

Link contributed by Vince Buck, Fullerton Bicycle Activist

Bill Cunningham is famous for riding his bicycle around Manhattan photographing fashion trends among New Yorkers for his “On the Street Column.” This week the trendy New Yorker is on a bike as a result of the new Citibank Bicycle Rental Program–citibike. In London, the rental bikes are  called Barclays Cycle Hire and sponsored by Barclays Bank.

But back to Bill and New York, the 80+ New York Times photographer. “For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirĂ©es for the Times Style section in his columns ‘On the Street’ and ‘Evening Hours,'” reads the promo for a documentary on him. “Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair.” Bill lives in a tiny apartment crowded with files of the famous, and his bike. “(His) only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.”

Catch the trailer, but, better, download the movie from Neflix. It’s a five-star documentary.

But if you want to have a bad day and pass it on, listen to the Wall Street Journal’s “Death by Bicycle” editorial against bikes, a link contributed by James Mosher, a Maryland bike commuter. The WSJ catch phrase being, “New York is not London or Paris, or Amsterdam.”





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