A few things I've run across this past week: tulips, bikes and 30% off.
Efforts like these protected bike lanes will help the streets function more effectively for its users, but more importantly enable a wider range of people to feel comfortable riding in the city. Cycling in New York City is currently regulated to a few small groups. If the city is hoping to create a culture that is similar to that of Portland, Seattle and hopefully Copenhagen, then the city is going to have to undertake construction and educational actions to help the average profile of the cyclist match the average profile of the New Yorker.
I know exactly what happens when I push down on the brake pedal and where the brake fluid flows and how the calipers compress. Its the same feeling taking apart and internal 3 speed hub. Although its beginning to look more like a complicated watch to me.