William F. Buckley Jr., secret champion of the bicycle


William F. Buckley Jr., the great conservative patrician and champion of the überclasses, died this morning.
Whatever you might think of the man (personally, I’m a sucker for his Brahmin-in-Paradise trilogy about bluewater sailing), you gotta give him credit: Way back in 1965, he proposed bike lanes —bike lanes! — in Manhattan to ease congestion, a good 30 years before any paint hit the pavement.


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