Sent to me by photographer and reporter Jefferson Siegel:
Cyclists give their lost Bedford Ave. bike lane mock funeral in Brooklyn
By: Michael J. Feeney and Jane H. Furse
Daily News Staff Writters
Monday, December 14th 2009, 4:00 AM
Barbara Ross kneels to lay flowers on the street as cyclists take part in a New Orleans-style funeral procession to mourn the loss of a bike lane along Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn bicyclists held a mock funeral Sunday for the Bedford Ave. bike lane in Williamsburg, vowing to continue using the lane now available to drivers.
“It doesn’t make sense on so many levels,” said Monica Hunken, 28, of Bushwick, who dressed in black for the rite.
Geoff Zink, 39, who commutes by bike to midtown from Fort Greene, called on the city to resurrect the lane.
“We’re talking about a public street. It’s for everybody,” he said.
Some pedestrians felt it was time to bury the lane.
“It’s a good thing to have a bike lane,” said Joseph Lepko, 26. “But in this community, we have so many kids. It’s too congested.”