Looks like the inevitable happened. The motorist class, afraid of the loss of their precious parking and infringement of automobile mobility, rallied their out-dated politicians and shunned real sustainable change and safety. They used their political might and got expensive lawyers to work pro bono and are now suing the D.O.T. in Brooklyn’s Supreme court over a bike lane. Funny, that the local citizens have to work through a system and the D.O.T. to make changes. And they say we have a powerful Bicycle lobby?
Here is a recent article in a local Prospect Park Paper on this recent development.
Lawsuit Filed over Prospect Park West Bike Lane
Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes and Seniors for Safety filed suit this afternoon.
By Kristen V. Brown | March 7, 2011
The Prospect Park West bike lane lawsuit has arrived, inciting a modern-day Battle of Brooklyn on the same grounds that George Washington fought for freedoms of a different kind.
Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes and Seniors for Safety, two groups of residents opposing the two-way, parking-protected bike lane on Prospect Park West have filed suit to have the bike lanes removed, according to court documents filed late this afternoon in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
In the suit, the groups refer to the bike lane as â€œan experimental bike laneâ€ and claim that the â€œconfiguration requires pedestrians to walk across inconsistent traffic patterns with limited visibility.â€
My good friend Eugene, who has been putting on all kinds of impromptu bike tours, alerted me about a friend of his who just got his bike stolen.
A Tommaso gold Digger
(Here is a video of the type of bike that was stolen to give you an idea.)
58cm, Ugly red riser bars, doo dads in the spokes, white Bontrager seat with yellow tape on the front of the seat. Black frame.
The bike was stolen around 3:30pm in front of 55 West 13th St.
Paul says he locked the bike with a crappy cable lock which was cut.
He is currently reviewing surveillance footage in hopes of catching the thief.
If you see this bike on the street or on line, please contact Paul, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year bicycle shorts director Ken Stanek tried a unique experiment. He mounted four cameras onto New York City’s fastest horsemen, Alley cat racers and then played back the footage on four separate big screens. Saturday they tried this stunt again.
Here is a video she shot with the perfect opening quote: “You can never have too many bicycles.”
Then in Saturday’s (3/5/11) New York Times Blog, there is a story about John Henkle and his bike building company, Squarebuilt.
From City Room:
The Hands That Steer Are Building the Bikes
By Sean Patrick Farrell
March 5, 2011, 7:00 pm (photo by: Raymond McCrea Jones/The New York Times)
Like thousands of other New Yorkers, Jason Henkle throws a leg over a bicycle every day and pedals to work. Unlike most of his fellow riders, Mr. Henkle built his understated single-speed bike by hand.
Mr. Henkle is among a small group of dedicated New York cyclists who have begun building their own bicycle frames. Their hand-constructed cycles are often custom made for a tailored fit and sometimes include personal touches like the small metal pi symbol Mr. Henkle affixes to his machines.
â€œTheyâ€™re pi-cycles,â€ said Mr. Henkle, making the kind of pun befitting his job as a high school math teacher. He keeps two of his bikes in his living room and often spends his evenings and weekends in a tight storage room he has converted into a frame building shop in his apartment building in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Time to get involved and make our voices heard that we want sustainable, safer infrastructure for bicycles in NYC. This means telling local politicians and our community boards that they should get with the program instead of bringing out their “Big Gun” Lawyers.
Community Board 6 which covers Cobble Hill, Prospect Park and Red Hook Brooklyn is holding a hearing to discuss changes to the Prospect Park West bike lane that has some how caused such a stir.
The when and where:
–Thursday, March 10, 6:30 PM, John Jay High School Auditorium, 237 7th Ave, Between 4th and 5th Streets, Brooklyn. (F train at 7th Avenue is the closest subway stop.)
The Wrath of Sadik-Kahn, Chaka Kahn, JSK…she’s got lots of catchy titles and plenty of New Yorkers praising and bitching about the work she’s done. And so it goes for a D.O.T. commissioner who is actually taking pro-active steps to making our streets safer and encouraging people to use non-polluting transportation for getting around. For the haters, is it legitimate anger for railroading changes through in abrupt fashion or a deeply rooted car culture that just doesn’t like seeing street space given to anything but the precious automobile?
The New York Times just released a long article about Janette Sadik-Kahn that takes an in-depth look at NYC’s bike loving transportation commissioner.
For Cityâ€™s Transportation Chief, Kudos and Criticism
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: March 4, 2011
(photo by: Randy Harris)
On a balmy night last June, the cityâ€™s Congressional delegation gathered for dinner at Gracie Mansion. Representative Anthony D. Weiner, who aspires to live in the mansion someday, knew he would have only a few minutes with the host, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. So he brought up the hottest topic he could think of: bicycle lanes, and the transportation commissioner who had nearly doubled the number of them, Janette Sadik-Khan.
From the site: The Timeâ€™s Up! Radio Hour will keep you abreast of Timeâ€™s Up!â€™s current campaigns and introduce you to the volunteers who are spearheading those campaigns, update you on past victories, and inform you of upcoming events and ways you can get involved. Come listen to our radio show, join our bike rides, and volunteer to save the planet!
The show will also be a platform to discuss the latest in bike and environmental issues, locally in NYC and globally.
This Sunday, your’s truly, will be interviewing Streetsblog creator Aaron Naparstek about the recent NYPD crackdown and local politician backlash to bikes and get his perspective on the anti-bike media bias. Is this just about safety or is there more behind this negative political climate?
Whew. How about a fee for every time local politicians waste our time with stupid ideas?
From the Village Voice:
New York Bike License Bill Is Dead
By Joe Coscarelli
Thursday, March 3rd
â€‹The New York bike bill backed by Queens Democrat Michael G. DenDekker, which we told you yesterday probably wouldn’t pass, has already been withdrawn after DenDekker was “flooded with complaints from people who lived outside the city that they were being taxed and regulated to address concerns about unsafe cycling that existed largely in New York City.” We’ve tried to get the message across: don’t mess with cyclists.
Saturday, March 5 Â· 2:00pm – 6:00pm
110th St. & 5th Ave
This is gonna be a film for Bike Shorts. Show up & be in it!
$5. Winner take all.
Short and very, very fast, through some of the most technical New York City traffic.
Four of the fastest riders are wearing helmetcams, and this footage will be shown at Bike Shorts on March 13th. Try & beat ‘em.