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City to install bike lanes in Dyker Heights despite community board’s objections

Stay in your lane: DOT plans to implement about 10 new bike lanes in Dyker Heights, despite the community board’s protests.
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City officials ignored a Dyker Heights community board’s rejection of a network of bike lanes proposed for the area, and have decided to implement the paths over the civic group’s objections.

“It was surprising to learn in statements made to the press that DOT opted to proceed with bicycle lanes on Ridge Boulevard,” said Doris Cruz, the chair of Community Board 10, in a statement on June 20. Ridge Boulevard is one of four bike lanes in Dyker Heights that DOT will paint despite the board’s objections.

During a community board meeting on Monday, June 17, members in Community Board 10 asked to investigate traffic safety along 84th and 85th streets between 7th and 14th avenues before the city installed a bike lane. The board also rejected a lane on Bay Ridge Avenue between Shore Road and 14th Avenue, arguing that the two-mile stretch lacks left-turn signals and contains a steep incline.

But on Wednesday, the transit agency announced its plans to paint lanes on all three streets without further study — as well as on five other roadways that the board approved — in the early fall. None of these lanes would erase existing parking space, and only one would be protected, according to the DOT.

“These new bike lanes are critical in creating a safer and larger cycling network in southern Brooklyn,” said DOT spokeswoman Alana Morales. DOT did not address why it chose to proceed with the bike plans despite the board’s suggestions.

The decision comes after months of discussions and workshops in Dyker Heights about the proposed lanes, which the board’s District Manager Josephine Beckmann thought positively influenced the neighborhood’s attitude towards the project.

“I think [the workshops] created a very good community discussion,” said Beckmann. “I think the sentiment is changing in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.”

During workshops, residents expressed their concerns about bike lanes, which they worried would take away parking space and create an unsafe environment for seniors and children walking in the neighborhood. In response, local bicyclists argued that bike lanes dramatically increase bikers’ safety without having to take away parking.

Among the bike lane supporters were some local pols, including state Sen. Andrew Gounardes, Councilman Justin Brannan, and Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus.

“We respect the community board’s advisory vote and value the robust community input that went into these proposals,” wrote the three pols in a letter to DOT on June 18. “We believe that the proposals offered by DOT reflected the best will of the community.”

Still, the DOT’s choice to ignore the community board came as a surprise. “We had not had that before,” said Beckmann.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306.
Posted 12:00 am, June 24, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
More bike lanes = safer streets. Keep 'em coming, please!
June 24, 7:27 am
Local from Here says:
If the lanes aren’t taking away parking, then there is no issue.
June 24, 8:26 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
No more free parking. Driving is a privilege, not a right. You want to drive, it's your responsibility to figure out where to park.
June 24, 8:45 am
Jim from Greenpoint says:
a message to Mayor de Blasio community bord's are just a waste of taxpayers money, please suspend all of them.....
June 24, 10:25 am
Tom from Brooklyn says:
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge: all I can say you are a selfish person, you probably on public assistance,
June 24, 10:29 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Congratulations - you are all subjects, not citizens - now take these bike racks and tell us we are right.
June 24, 11:05 am
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
To Jim. The bike lanes are not a waste of money because thousands of Brooklynites depend on bike lanes and bicycling to get to their jobs every day and do their household errands. Without bike lanes they are being injured by reckless drivers.
June 24, 11:06 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Tom from Brooklyn probably has never been hugged before. Do you need a hug, Tommy? Here's a bit of advice, shut that fat hole in your fat face because nobody cares what you think.
June 24, 11:15 am
Local from Here says:
And people care about what fake Henry Ford thinks? Here’s a clue, no one cares about your fanatical car hating diatribes. Even your progressive mayor loves his car as much as the rest of us love ours.
June 24, 11:37 am
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
We do not hate cars, we wish drivers would understand that many of us prefer other means of transportation. Bicycling for many is faster and usually safer. Many in Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights depend on bicycles to get around. AGAIN,we do not have a problem with cars unless the drivers are not paying attention.
June 24, 12:39 pm
Local from Here says:
Nobody cares about me, not even my fellow racist scumbags. I could use a hug.
June 24, 12:55 pm
REAL Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Local idiot, no body was talking to you so shut that hole in your fat face or I'll shut it for you. Go back to Ohio, transplant!
June 24, 12:57 pm
REAL Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Don't you have a trump Nazi SS rally to be at?
June 24, 1 pm
Nat from Clinton Hill says:
REAL Henry Ford from Bay Ridge; I do remember when this blog comment was professional and educated, all I see a bunch of nut cases giving this blog a negative look and sending negative messages,
June 24, 2:14 pm
REAL Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You mean when it was ALL racist scumbags posting illiterate comments? Yeah, times have changed and educated non-racist people have a voice now. Deal with it.
June 24, 2:36 pm
REAL Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Please forgive the comments above. I am not well.
June 24, 2:57 pm
REAL Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Racist scumbag Local from Here⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 24, 3:08 pm
Jose from Sunset Park says:
What percentage of the population in Bay Ridge, Dyker and Sunset Park use a bicycle as a primary means of transportation? Less than 1% in Dyker/Bay Ridge, probably higher, maybe 2-5% in Sunset Park? Have any studies been done of actual usage?
June 24, 3:21 pm
Hank from Bay Ridge says:
CB10, which represents Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, actually voted to approve all the lanes in Dyker. The ones it rejected or sent back for more study were all in Bay Ridge.
June 24, 3:48 pm
REAL Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I am envious of anyone with cars, so no one should have them. Bernie Sanders will help me realize my dreams of a socialist paradise.
June 24, 5:38 pm
Bernie Sanders from Midwood says:
No, I won't.
June 24, 5:38 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ It's painfully obvious that Local Village Idiot from Here is having a conversation with himself. Get a life dude, it's a lame site comment section.
June 24, 6:05 pm
James Maggio from Marine Park says:
As usual, the deBlasio regime cares only for special interest groups like the pedal pushers rather than sidewalkers and community residents. But in the long run ,careless bikers will continue to die in higher numbers and erecting more bike paths will not change that. Pedal safe and die less.
June 24, 7:02 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Sheepshead bay says:
Someone sure is in need of a valium and a massive dose of anger Management
June 24, 7:03 pm
Local from Here says:
James, DiBlasio is an idiot. Fecalstains, Shaddap!
June 24, 7:11 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
It appears the fascists have taken over at DOT. That's Progressive governance for you. Don't forget to vote tomorrow.
June 24, 9:15 pm
Bernie Sanders from Midwood says:
Don't worry Henry Ford. Every bread line will have an express bike lane when I'm president.
June 24, 9:24 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Hahahahaha! Bike lanes are fascism. Jesus H. Christmas. Do you hear yourself??
June 25, 11:12 am
Enough empty bike lanes from Dyker says:
The clueless, oblivious car-hating cabal at the DoT loathes what car drivers and outer Borough residents think or need. Their main priority is to make driving and parking as difficult and costly as possible, and to ensure that the white-biker-bros' interest is provided for.
June 25, 11:38 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Poor liddle snowflake needs a hug!
June 25, 12:04 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I guess some only like elitism only when it suits their needs. If anyone tries to claim that the community really wanted those bike lanes, I would like to see proof, otherwise my statement on elitism holds by default. I highly doubt that a group of bike zealots from a particular group represent a majority especially when barely one percent of the city's commuters actually ride bicycles according a to a recent study in the US Census Bureau. Then again, as long as they can get what they want, they will believe that the end justifies the means. Of course, they probably took a page out of Marty Markowitz, the previous Brooklyn borough president, who once threatened to purge community boards if they didn't agree with the Atlantic Yards, which is now called Pacific Park, as well as then-state governor George Pataki where you can always get what you want just by sidestepping everything and everyone despite any major opposition.
June 25, 1:53 pm
Jack from Marine Park says:
The city is so blinded to hit their quota of bike lanes, they don't stop to consider whether these bike lanes make sense. Meanwhile, road debris, trash and potholes build up on the existing bike lanes and DOT does nothing. The roads end up being more hazardous for all.
June 25, 2:36 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Tal, you don't live here so STFU. You're like Albany telling NYC what's best for them. You idiot.
June 25, 3:29 pm
John Fox from Boreum Hill says:
Don't the people Count anymore? What happened to democracy?The majority should rule ,not the special interests. Residents,. homeowners and pedestrians are the majority, not the bikers
June 25, 5:59 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
What the hell do bike lanes have to do with pedestrians?
June 25, 6:33 pm
Benny from Park Slope says:
Private car owners (I'm one of them) have had it far too good for far too long in New York. There are roughly 6,000 miles of roads and streets in NYC, and they are filled day and night with private cars polluting the air, making a racket, and causing accidents, injury, and death. Enough already. Put a minimal toll ($2) on ALL the bridges and tunnels. Charge gas-guzzlers a huge fee to register those monstrosities in NY state. And build more bike lanes!
June 26, 8 am
Jim from Clinton Hill says:
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge: very surprised I can't believe you still think Tal Barzilai is from Pleasantville, NY... are you out of your mind ??
June 26, 3:03 pm
Local from Here says:
Benny from Park Slope is obviously a masochist if he thinks he has had it too good as a car owner. The city treats car owners as breathing ATM machines they can bleed dry.
June 26, 4:40 pm
Local from Here says:
I'm also a masochist, I pay very large women to crush my genitals and humiliate all over my face. Top dollar too!
June 26, 6:21 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm still waiting for proof that the locals actually wants those bike lanes. Then again, I won't be surprised if most of the bike zealots will either get very defensive or just give the cold shoulder. As for not noticing that the community board was sidestepped shows how much they miss how a system should work just as much as they keep missing on the traffic lights and signs they keep ignoring.
June 27, 6:07 am
Local from Here says:
I'm still waiting for proof that Tal's parents are not brood related.
June 28, 6:30 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Hearing that statement from Local does make me feel that such bike zealots do have a childish attitude as my statement continues to hold true with nobody challenging it with nothing else with either personal attacks or silence, plus it's supposed to be blood related, not brood related.
June 29, 5:58 am

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