Bike-powered rickshaws or pedicabs began to appear midtown. Since then, these clean, safe and 1000% eco-friendly vehicles have proliferated mostly in Manhattan, the epinephrine sloshing around inside their super-fit operators manifested as a cheeriness that's in stark contrast to the murderous dyspepsia of all other drivers.
Yesterday the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to put a stop to such hippy-dippy, tree-hugging nonsense. It bowed to the usual thuggish cartel of taxi-fleet bosses, "merchant" organizations, hotel and theater-owners, delivery-truck fleets, parking-lot operators et al. who have obstructed any meaningful reduction of internal combustion vehicles in New York City for decades, leeching off our common spaces and resources for their private profit and turning our streets and avenues, especially in Manhattan - into multi-storey sewers of lethal toxins, gasses and particulates.
Lottery winner buys bikes. "He bought bikes including as $12k BMC! This is especially cool when you consider that he bought a 2002 Jetta worth $15k. So he basically has spent more on cool bikes than a new car."