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On Sunday, a bike lane victory lap?

The Brooklyn Paper

Bicyclists will participate in a massive group ride on Sunday to show support for their beleaguered Prospect Park West bike lane, now the subject of a lawsuit, political pressure, dueling polls, and more international media coverage than some real wars.

Officially, organizers are calling the event a celebration of the “family-friendly redesign” of the formerly three-lane speedway into its current configuration of two lanes for cars and a two-way protected bike path for cyclists.

Families will gather to bicycle the length of the controversial bike path — and to cheer for a lane they say makes the neighborhood safer for kids on two-wheelers.

“It’s not a political thing; it’s just a practical thing,” said organizer Mitch Sonies, who has rounded up about 200 participants on the event’s Facebook page.

“People who don’t like the lane might think differently when they see how much families love it.”

There are, indeed, plenty of Slopers who don’t like the lane the way it is — roughly 53 percent if you believe Assemblyman Jim Brennan’s most recent survey. But a plurality of the neighborhood wants the lane to stay exactly the way it is, praising it for reducing auto speeds and improving safety for two-wheelers.

The last time Park Slopers clashed over the bike lane was back in October, when 250 riders took a victory lap, but were meet by dozens of opponents.

At end of the ride, near 15th Street, cyclists will score free treats from Bark Hot Dogs along with muffins from Blue Sky Bakery.

We Ride The Lanes (meet at the entrance of Prospect Park in Grand Army Plaza), April 10, 10:30 am. For information, visit weridethelanes.com).

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Resident from PPW says:
Wow, this is great. Now maybe the bike lane will finally be utilized. Maybe the DOT should be there to film and use in their statistics!
April 7, 2011, 4:26 am
krunk from bk says:
wow the BK paper manages to portray a bunch of families and children as arrogant d-bags. nice work.
April 7, 2011, 7:41 am
Peter from Park Slope says:
And manipulate Brennan's stats to boot.

"There are, indeed, plenty of Slopers who don’t like the lane the way it is — roughly 53 percent if you believe Assemblyman Jim Brennan’s most recent survey"

That's BS, and you know it. 44 percent of respondents said keep it as is, 25 percent said it should be altered in some way,and 28 percent wanted to remove it.

That does NOT mean 53 percent don't like it. Stop lying.
April 7, 2011, 8:41 am
Rick from south brooklyn says:
Will they be stopping for the lights? I would like to cross the street with the light in my favor and not get hit with a bike....
April 7, 2011, 9:02 am
Kate from Williamsburg says:
Don't know how you can read Brennan's survey and get that percentage. Try math.
April 7, 2011, 9:33 am
mjd from park slope says:
Wow

"There are, indeed, plenty of Slopers who don’t like the lane the way it is — roughly 53 percent if you believe Assemblyman Jim Brennan’s most recent survey."

This is either an example of sloppy journalism or purposeful tabloid editing in which the goal is to incite rather than to report. I can guess which.

Here are the facts:

"Thus, in December of 2010, 71 percent of those surveyed wanted the bike lane to remain, 30 percent did not. Today, 69 percent of respondents want the bike lane to remain (albeit some want changes) while 29 percent wanted it removed. That difference is minuscule, and certainly well with the margin of error on Brennan’s poll, 4.5 percentage points."

http://transportationnation.org/2011/04/04/in-case-you-missed-it-bike-lane-poll-shows-remarkable-stability-in-opinion/
April 7, 2011, 9:34 am
Gary from PPW says:
Nice distortion of the poll results. A strong majority favor the lane as is or with modification. Only 28% want it removed.
April 7, 2011, 9:41 am
Steve from PPW says:
Here's the horrible scenes of terror that unfold on the Prospect Park West bike lane that Rick must be referring to.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/goodcough/5585686417/
April 7, 2011, 9:41 am
Steve from PPW says:
Also, "dueling polls"?

The Lander/Levin survey and the Brennan poll matched each other almost perfectly.

Natalie, you must be gunning for a job at the Post. You're turning into a bigger enemy of livable streets than almost any other reporter. Too bad, because you have written some good stuff before.
April 7, 2011, 9:48 am
Meredith from Stapleton, SI says:
You're darn tootin' that "Sunday's event should look a bit like this …" That's me! The full text of my sign reads, "I came from Staten Island to support the Prospect Park West bike lane." And I may very well do it again!
April 7, 2011, 10:07 am
Phil from Park Slope says:
I think most new yorkers consider themselves pretty tough, especially people from Brooklyn. They ride the subways, survived 911 and multiple blackouts, race riots, gangs, muggers, the crack epidemic, the 70s, etc. They laugh at death as they jaywalk across rush hour traffic and ride in speeding taxis without seat belts. But it is all bluster--they're truly terrified that a little kid with training wheels will finally take them out. True cowards.
April 7, 2011, 10:24 am
boof from brooklyn says:
The Paper is the Post. Don't expect anything but warped sensationalism here anymore. Sadly.

http://gawker.com/#!5167657/murdoch-buys-brooklyn-paper
April 7, 2011, 10:51 am
Brooklyn Parent from Gersh Kuntzman's Armpit says:
So dishonest.

Shame on you Natalie. Shame on you Gersh. Shame on you Jim Brennan.
April 7, 2011, 11:05 am
Brooklyn Parent from Gersh Kuntzman's Armpit says:
If only we had a local newspaper that served our community rather than preyed on it. Here's an actual honest piece of reporting on the Brennan poll from today's Crain's Insider.

Bike-Lane Poll Deflates Lawmaker

Assemblyman Jim Brennan's poll on local voters' opinion of the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane apparently didn't turn out as he'd hoped. Brennan, who wants the lane moved or removed, found that only 28% favored removing it. Just 32% said it made things worse.
The poll might have been even more favorable to the lane had 83% of respondents not been called on landlines. Bike-lane supporters say they are less likely than opponents to have landlines. Former city Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall is suing to remove the
lane.
April 7, 2011, 11:08 am
BGGB from Bed-Stuy says:
The PPW isn't controversial and a plurality support it, and bike lines city-wide.

Just want to put this story in ACCURATE context.
April 7, 2011, 11:16 am
Bob from Clinton Hill says:
bikers be ready action will be taken place get you helmets!!! will be showdown....
April 7, 2011, 11:21 am
streetsblog sux from everywhere says:
Natalie, if you write anything that does not come straight from the Steetsblog and TA manifesto, you will be attacked without mercy, as the above comments show.
April 7, 2011, 11:22 am
Steve from PPW says:
You're right, SS. Pissing on a kid's bike parade the way Natalie does is a straight-up violation of the Streetsblog and TA manifesto.
April 7, 2011, 11:45 am
Ingrown Hair from Rupert Murdoch's Armpit says:
You're correct SS -- A newspaper printing a lie about the results of a phone survey is contrary to Streetsblog and TA policy. It is also contrary to journalism.
April 7, 2011, 12:59 pm
jon from south brooklyn says:
Wow, talk about winning the battle, but losing the war. If bike advocates feel compelled to rally in support of this bike path located in the eco-friendly holy lanf of Park Slope, fat chance we’ll be seeing any meaning bike infrastructure elsewhere in the borough for the next five to ten years. When it comes to organizing and outreach, I just wish the transportation reformists would reach beyond the typical whiny, privileged yet fancy themselves as downtrodden, white folk echo chamber. It’s boring and not doing to much for movement. and yes, I ride a bike.
April 7, 2011, 1:10 pm
al from park slope says:
true, jon, true. it is a little like obama campaigning in vermont
April 7, 2011, 1:58 pm
jon from north brooklyn says:
Wow, talk about winning the battle, but losing the war. If bike opponents feel compelled to sue to remove this bike path located in the eco-friendly holy land of Park Slope, fat chance we’ll be seeing any meaningful bike infrastructure elsewhere in the borough for the next five to ten years.
April 7, 2011, 2:24 pm
jon from south brooklyn says:
hey bowdoin college,

sorry, but the next mayor will be anti-bike lane. pwned.
April 7, 2011, 2:29 pm
Jim from Greenpoint says:
what happen with this people my advice bikers should drive nudity like last time!!!! that's sounds different especially with the nice weather on Sunday..
April 7, 2011, 2:35 pm
Steve from PPW says:
The real question is, what does Tal Barzilai think?
April 7, 2011, 3 pm
archie from guess says:
jon, interesting thought. What do you suggest instead?
April 7, 2011, 4:37 pm
Mellow Yellow from Bed-Stuy says:
Jim, you can look forward to naked bikes riding for rights on June 11th!

http://bit.ly/Bi7aY
April 7, 2011, 7:45 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First off, what is your beef Steve? I am starting to thing that you are a good suspect in impersonating me on previous entries witht the way you act. Getting back to this subject, I think that this is just going to be some photo-op that Streetsblog, TA, JSK, and Bloomberg will use to claim that it used a lot when it probably isn't. Keep in mind that Louise Hainline does have a camera that watches that bike lane 24-7, and she will use that as evidence to prove her point that it's barely used while showing how much of a mess PPW has become. I doubt that anyone can prove her wrong when she shows those videos. BTW, there is nothing against the law with her installing that webcam to watch it, so what she is doing is legal as much as some of you don't like it. As for being there on Sunday, I can't because I have take my family to the airport at around that time, so I will be too busy for that.
April 7, 2011, 8:44 pm
Tal is a Troll from Not Pleasantville says:
Some crank with a webcam is not a valid "study." Sopposedly she's been filming all winter. Also, no one has played baseball all winter, so I hope we pave over the ball fields and turn them into parking. The bike lane is too dangerous to cross because of speeding bikes, but also no one uses it. You stand a good chance of being run over by a non-existant biker--that spookiest kind! You can't see them coming because they're not there! This boils down to the fact that a minority of people have a problem with it, but they think they're better than the majority that like it, and they'll come up with any crazy reason to oppose it, democracy and public process be damned.
April 7, 2011, 9:21 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Knock it off with the impersonations Steve, or should I say Mike.
April 7, 2011, 11:11 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
This looks like it is gonna be fun.
April 8, 2011, 6:21 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville says:
I will be there on Sunday taking pictures. My family does not have to go to the airport afterall. I will also wave to Louise Hainline's camera and hope that she enters it into evidence that people walk on the sidewalk next to the bike lane so there is no reason to have a bike lane. Please stop impersonating me, whoever wrote the comment at 8:44. That was when I took my family to the airport and I don't have a computer in my car.
April 8, 2011, 9:22 am
streetsblog sux from everywhere says:
Look out Tal, those critical mass folks will be vandalizing your car while you are looking into your lens.
April 8, 2011, 10:56 am
Peter from Brooklyn Heights says:
Natalie,
You should really be ashamed of this article. Very poor reporting.
April 9, 2011, 7:57 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First off, I wasn't here all day yesterday. I was out in New Jersey to see the Nets, who don't belong in Brooklyn, hosting the Kincks. I am talking my family to the airport at that time tommorrow, so I won't be going. However, it wasn't like I wanted to go. All this is nothing but a photo-op that Streetsblog, TA, Bloomberg, and JSK will be using to claim it was used. Sorry, but I believe that Hainline has more proof. BTW, I am still waiting for what she is doing with the camera is illegal. If this isn't shown, then it will be known that she didn't break any laws. Also, if anyone does try to vandalize my car, I will have the right to wreck their bikes to call it even and this may include their skulls, but don't ask what that means, because you would feel better if you didn't know.
April 9, 2011, 10:51 pm
Mike says:
"Also, if anyone does try to vandalize my car, I will have the right to wreck their bikes to call it even and this may include their skulls"

Um, wow. Violent revenge fantasies much?
April 10, 2011, 5:34 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
That was fun. I wish some of the "Seniors" would have shown up so we could have shown them how much easier it is to cross PPW now.
April 10, 2011, 6:59 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I can't possibly have revenge fantasies because I spend most of my time in New Jersey going to Nets games and driving my family to the airport. Idiots!
April 11, 2011, 9:20 am
Chuck from Park Slope says:
There's easier ways to attempt suicide, rather than riding your bike in the streets of NYC. Overdose is popular nowadays. Try that and leave the streets of NYC alone.
April 13, 2011, 10:52 am

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