The illustration is penned by artist Marcellus Hall, who is a cyclist himself. Previous work he has completed for the New Yorker featuring bicycles includes a drawing of Santa Claus being carted around town by a pedicab.
“I’ve only been ‘doored’ twice,” says Mr. Hall in an interview with the New Yorker. “I’m very careful. I look into the side mirrors of the parked cars to see if there’s movement inside. I ride only on the left side of the street because there’s less of chance of a passenger getting out than of a driver. Actually, I read it in some cyclist publication that, as a cyclist, you’re allowed to take up a whole lane and sometimes, I even do that,” he added.