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Prospect Park Bike Lane Gets Underway
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 03:46 PM
(Brooklyn, NY - Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) "No parking Thursday. Road repair" signs are appearing on Prospect Park West. It's a sign of change in the balance of cars and bikes in Brooklyn. Back in April, we reported on particularly loud skirmish in the bike lane wars here.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was vehemently objecting to construction of a bike lane along this street in lefty, tree-hugging Park Slope, because, he felt, it would create unacceptable congestion for cars. New York City's DOT believes the two-way bike lane, and concurrent narrowing of the roadway from three lanes to two, will calm traffic on a pedestrian-heavy boulevard where forty percent of automobiles drive above the limit. Now, striping for the bike lane is getting underway.
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UPTOWN: Columbus Avenue on the Upper West will get a bike lane this summer, from 96th to 77th Streets. Plan is for a protected lane, with a barrier between cars and bikes. (Westside Independent)