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Bike Lane Culture Wars Continue on Manhattan's Upper West Side

Wednesday, November 03, 2010 - 02:54 PM

Columbus Avenue bike lane being installed earlier this summer (Kate Hinds)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation)  There were competing rallies two weeks ago over the Park Slope bike lane. Now, the Columbus Avenue bike lane, which stretches from 96th Street to 77th Street, will have its own moment of heated public expression at the upcoming Community Board 7 meeting on Tuesday, November 9th.

CB7, which approved the protected lane in June after much debate, will no doubt be getting an earful about the lanes.  (The meeting, which was initially scheduled for tonight, has been moved back a week because of what CB7 says was a scheduling conflict.) Some neighborhood businesses have posted signs on their doors, trying to encourage people to attend the meeting to speak out against the bike lane. And Zingone's, a popular mom-and-pop neighborhood grocery store, has started a petition against it.

Anti-bike lane signs on the front door of Zingone's

Meanwhile, Streetsblog wants to counter the bike lane negativity and is encouraging people to attend the meeting. "Defending it strongly now can only help when extensions come up for consideration."

Are you planning on attending Tuesday's CB7 meeting? If so, let us know what happens! Post a comment or email us at transponation@gmail.com.

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