The Battle for Bike Lanes

Well not nearly as contested as trying to fill Senate seats in Illinois and Minnesota, but the battle is still raging on about the Kent Ave. bicycle lanes, proving the needs of motorists may triumph over the creating livable streets and building bicycle infrastructure.

According to the Brooklyn Paper article entitled “Run down! CB1 Committee Chair booted over bikes?”
Ben Muessig reports on the latest developments.

Community Board 1, covering the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area gave their current transportation committee chairwoman, Teresa Toro, a nasty “lump of coal” present for Christmas by firing her and nobody seems to know why. The obvious speculation is due to her support of the bike lanes.

CB1 chair, Vinnie Abate says he’ll explain at the next meeting:

The next community board meeting will be:
Jan. 13 at the Swingin’ 60s Senior Citizens Center (211 Ainslie St. at Manhattan Avenue), 6:30 pm. For info, call (718) 389-0009.

Also more on this from
and there was this article by Colin Moynihan, over the weekend in the New York Times.

New Bike Lanes Touch Off Row in Brooklyn
photo by Josh Haner/New York Times

Published: January 3, 2009

New York City has created more than 100 miles of bicycle lanes in recent years to encourage and accommodate the number of people who, compelled by a desire to preserve the environment or preserve their bank accounts, have taken to getting around on two wheels.

But the effort to turn the city into a place that embraces bicyclists has clashed with a long-entrenched reality — New York is a crowded, congested urban landscape where every patch of asphalt is coveted.

The latest illustration of this reality — and among the more contentious — is playing out on the Brooklyn waterfront, where bike lanes less than two miles long have set off a verbal battle among a growing cast of interested parties, including business owners, residents, bicyclists and their advocates, and politicians.

Rest of the article Here

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