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February 6th, 2011

Bike Lane Controversy Getting Litigious

Some people really don’t like the Prospect Park Bike Lane. How much don’t they like the bike lane? They’re suing to have it removed.

That’s right.

And what a group of Brooklyn civic heavyweights. Says Andrea Bernstein at WNYC:

Iris Weinshall, the former city transportation commissioner and wife of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. A dean at Brooklyn College. Norman Steisel, the former deputy mayor under Edward Koch and David Dinkins. And the other former deputy mayor, Randy Mastro (under Rudolph Giuliani) who introduced the group to a colleague at his high-powered law firm, Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher. And what is all this former government firepower being assembled to do? Remove a bike lane on Prospect Park West in Brooklyn.

And what is it that this high-octane group has against the bike lane. Well, they say it:

–causes congestion.

–changes the lovely, historic character of PPW.

–poses danger to pedestrians

Brooklyn’s Borough President is dead set against the bike lane and makes his opinion known at every opportunity.

In a report released last month by the Department of Transportation, studies show that the bike lane has decreased speeding and increased pedestrian safety. That it’s a win-win for public safety and quality of life.

Clearly others disagree. Indeed, this controversy is pitting neighbor against neighbor and civic groups against politicians. It’s a hot button issue. The bike vs. the mighty automobile.

Where do you stand???

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