Frank Bruni, op-ed columnist for the New York Times - a longtime restaurant critic for the NYT
whose 2009 memoir, Born Round, was a bestseller - is teaching a writing seminar at Princeton
University this semester.
Here's a link to the 2011 op-ed piece Bruni wrote on bicycling in New York City, which ends thusly:
The Chicago transportation commissioner, Gabe Klein, noted that biking pushed back against
a range of modern ills. "There's the congestion problem," he said. "The pollution problem.
The obesity problem. The gas problem." On top of all that, it makes an important statement
about our priorities — about our willingness to amend the reckless, impatient, gluttonous ways
that have created not only smog and clog in our cities but also a staggering federal debt.
"Bikes are definitely a symbol of what your city stands for," said Klein.