I finally had a chance to see the New York City 2017 Bike Map, and it took me a while to realize that the cover pays tribute to longtime New York Times fashion photographer and cultural icon Bill Cunningham. Cunningham was a well known bicycle enthusiast and was known to enjoy riding his bike to photograph New York street life in his weekly “On the Street” columns for the New York Times.
There are a few giveaways that show the cover illustration depicts Cunningham:
- it’s an older, white-haired man on cruiser,
- he’s snapping a photo from his bike,
- he’s wearing his trademark blue jacket and grey pants,
- most obviously, the map indicates a credit of “Cover illustration of Bill Cunningham, used with permission of the Estate of William J. Cunningham.”