Villager article on East Village bike lane protest

Not to leave out the East Village, here is an article from the Villager.

Bicycle-lane foe doesn’t get much traction at demo

By Lincoln Anderson

Photo caption: Leslie Sicklick, left, and Jeff Underwood, owner of Continuum Cycles on Avenue B, debated bike lanes at the protest. Underwood thinks bike lanes should be in the middle of streets.


More supporters of bike lanes than critics of them turned up last Friday afternoon at an East Village rally intended to decry the new, protected pathways along First and Second Aves.

Leslie Sicklick, an unemployed teacher and lifelong Lower East Sider, and a couple of other bike-lane opponents were far outnumbered by about 15 cyclists and advocates at the demo, at the northeast corner of 14th St. and First Ave.

Sicklick claimed the bike lanes have made the streets more dangerous, and that pedestrians are being injured. She said she was told this by a Ninth Precinct detective, though declined to provide his or her name. She said the bike lanes, furthermore, are a waste of money — pointing to the small, concrete traffic islands that have been added near intersections on First Ave., and even the paint marking the lane.

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