The madness continues. Now angry residents have turned their sights on the new Prospect Park West bike lane. Their anger to the loss of parking, having to slow down, look both ways when crossing streets and hatred of cyclists riding on sidewalks has been manifested into one big scapegoat, a painted place for cyclists to ride their bikes known as a bike lane. This is a piece of infrastructure that provides space for cyclists to keep off of the sidewalks.
In case you missed the city council meetings when these BIKE LANES GOT APPROVED, come out and be heard way way way way way after the fact. Did I mention the bike lanes have already been put in place?
Here is a message from Transportation Alternatives about tomorrows Anti-Bike lane protest.
Tomorrow a small group of Prospect Park West residents will be gathering to speak out against the new, safer Prospect Park West design. Specifically, they will be protesting the two-way protected bike lane and pedestrian improvements. We know — how can anyone be against improved safety for children, families and park users? We are confident that the supporters of the new and safer Prospect Park West far outnumber those that oppose it, and we’re hoping that you will join us to show this support.
What: Park Slope Neighbors’ Bike Ride and Walk in support of the new Prospect Park West bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements
When: 8AM, Thursday, October 21st
Where: Meet up at Grand Army Plaza
RSVP and share event info here.
Why is the new Prospect Park West important?
It improves safety: Before and after speed surveys show that the new design reduced average speeds by 25%, increased compliance with the speed limit five-fold and reduced the proportion of cars speeding 40 mph or faster from 30% to just 1.4%. This is a result of replacing one of Prospect Park West’s travel lanes with a protected, two-way bike path and pedestrian refuge islands.
The community asked for it: The new Prospect Park West was born out of community concern with unsafe driving and speeding on the corridor. The project’s development and implementation has been supported consistently over several years by Community Board 6, local elected officials, civic organizations and thousands of Park Slope residents and users of Prospect Park. Let’s not let a small group of people who are unhappy with change and unbothered by speeding tell a different — and false — story.
If you care about streets designed for people and safe biking and walking, join us for a demonstration of support for the Prospect Park West redesign. Whether you are on foot or on a bike, join us! We will travel along Prospect Park West together to Carroll Street, and greet the protesters there with smiles and signs of support. It will be an early morning but you can expect to be done and headed to work by 9am.
Spread the word to your friends and neighbors who care about people-friendly streets and believe that the new Prospect Park West design is working better for everyone. Please send around this link to our RSVP page and help us to show that New Yorkers care about safety.