Here’s a segment with George McDonald and Joe Lhota discussing bike lanes and the Citi Bike program. The audience was most animated and engaged on this topic, and clearly not fully in sync with either McDonald or Lhota. The question was narrowly posed: “Are bike lanes dangerous?”
McDonald began by holding out his Citi Bike membership card, drawing a few mild boos. He then unequivocally stated that he’s in favor of bike lanes, pivoted to a critique of “anybody [read: Democratic mayoral candidates] who criticizes the New York City Police Department for political gain” and concluded.
Lhota began with a lengthy critique of bike lanes, noting the importance of vigorous enforcement of bike safety laws and that “bike lanes do impede commerce” before stating that he’s “not opposed to the Citi Bikes program.” (He doesn’t state whether he supports or opposes bike lanes.) Lhota then conflated the Citi Bikes program with the death of a bicyclist unrelated to the Citi Bikes program, stirring consternation in his audience. Lhota closed by criticizing a lack of coordination among city agencies in implementing the Citi Bikes, without mentioning or directly criticizing Michael Bloomberg.
(John Catsimatidis attended part of this forum, but left before this discussion.)
At a candidate forum hosted by the Republican National Lawyers Association, Joe Lhota gave a pointed criticism of the Office of Emergency Management under Mayor Bloomberg. OEM was created during the Giuliani administration and was the focus of significant energy and attention during that administration.
While Lhota has generally spoken highly of Mayor Bloomberg, he has nonetheless offered sharp comments on a number of specific actions and agency management issues under the Bloomberg administration.
Here is what Lhota had to say: