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Daily News article on bike lane funeral

Sent to me by photographer and reporter Jefferson Siegel:

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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.”

5 comments to Daily News article on bike lane funeral

  • Gene Kahn

    Rode Bedford today from Willoughby out to the Northside. Not a single bike out there, about 3:30 pm. Did find the solid white line still there and
    found it still created an open clear lane
    the whole way thru the contested section. Also had
    to acknowledge that these lanes really do help make for safer riding, as I ride everywhere in the city, with or without a designated bike lane. Keep fighting, this must be an awkward situation for DOT who has been so good with bike friendly streets till this non-sense.

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  • Rode Bedford today from Willoughby out to the Northside. Not a single bike out there, about 3:30 pm. Did find the solid white line still there and
    found it still created an open clear lane
    the whole way thru the contested section. Also had
    to acknowledge that these lanes really do help make for safer riding, as I ride everywhere in the city, with or without a designated bike lane. Keep fighting, this must be an awkward situation for DOT who has been so good with bike friendly streets till this non-sense.

  • Mock funeral– nice touch!

    We just did a piece on how car-culture affects health. Patti offers a European perspective, including the integration of bicycles into a daily routine. check it out: http://speakhealth.org/can-you-stay-fit-in-a-car-culture/

    love to hear what you & your readers think, or if you have anything to add!
    ~c

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