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Protest against PPW bike lane

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.

5 comments to Protest against PPW bike lane

  • GoodScout

    I don’t think the protests are inspired by hatred of the lanes. They’re an expression of frustration that the majority of cyclists in NYC do not follow the “rules of the road,” running red lights and endangering pedestrians. I think the sentiment is “we’re willing to give you part of the road, but only if you’re willing to abide by the rules that roadbed requires.”

  • forthetimebeing

    The very notion that pedestrians do not ALWAYS have the right of way is nothing less than a license for bikers to kill. If a pedestrian is standing in a bike lane, the bicyclist sees that pedestrian, has working brakes, and fails to stop, that bicyclist is a criminal, licensed by the State to injure, maime and kill pedestrians.

    We need laws to make these arrogant sons of bitiches on wheels know 100% of the responsiblity lies with them!!!

  • Tony L

    Please help us bring a bike lane to Franklin Ave in Brooklyn by copying the text below into an email, signing it and emailing it to chca@crowhillcommunity.org

    CREATE A DESIGNATED BIKE LANE ON FRANKLIN AVENUE

    We, the undersigned support Crow Hill Community Association’s proposal to convert the 2 existing traffic lanes on Franklin Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway to 1 lane of vehicular traffic and 1 designated bike lane. This would make traffic conditions on Franklin Avenue safer for pedestrians as well as create a secure thoroughfare for cyclists continuing on Franklin to Crow Hill/Eastern Parkway/Prospect Park from the designated Franklin Avenue bike lane that currently exists north of Atlantic Avenue.

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  • Please view this video of my testimony, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzpwsqW3_p8, before the NYS Joint Legislature Finance Committee: Budget Hearing on Transportation. Testimony was given on behalf of bicyclists throughout New York State.

    I am the Chair of the New York Bicycling Coalition Legislative Committee (www.nybc.net) and this testimony was given on behalf of the Coalition.

    If nothing else click on the link (so that You Tube records the number of hits this video receives. The New York Bicycling Coalition wants to be able to tell Legislators, we received 5,000,000 hits on the video. With 5,000,000 hits the Legislature along with the U. S. Congress can no longer ignore the needs and wants of bicyclists.

    Please tell your friends via email, telephone calls, text messages, twitter, etc. to view the video (title: Bicyclist Speaks at New York State Legislature) & go to the New York Bicycling Coalition web site to read the full text of the statement.

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzpwsqW3_p8

    Text of Statement: http://www.nybc.net/bicycling-is-transportation

    If you want to talk about the testimony or about bicycle touring in New York State, I am usually home in the morning.