Behold, a bicycle-shaped stencil is sprayed in the middle of a narrow, busy street. "Share the road" a nearby sign admonishes the long lines of frustrated commuter traffic.
Around the corner, on a wider street, a green streak of actual 'bike lane' appears running parallel to the curb. Alas, it abruptly disappears and becomes a bus stop, before magically reappearing again thirty feet further on.
This is municipal lip service of the most collagen-injected kind paid to idealistic notions of contemporary urban living. See how bike friendly we are! Observe our advanced sustainable living policy in action! Naturally, such cynically expedient efforts create more problems than they solve.
Meanwhile, an incautious hipster cyclist - look, no hands! no helmet! - zips past a tired and nervous motorist at a red light and slaloms through the intersection, barely avoiding a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
A traffic cop, hiding in his car, devours another doughnut. I don't get paid enough to deal with that mess, he thinks. And who can blame him?