Bike lanes in New York City promote healthy living, reduce congestion and encourage environmental sustainability, right? Surprisingly, not everyone thinks so.
In the span of one week, two anti-bike lane protests are attempting to disrupt the Department of Transportation’s bike lane boom.
On Friday October 15, Leslie Sicklick, life-long resident of the Lower East Side, assembled opponents of city bike lanes in the East Village. According to a popular East Village blog, protestors were met by bike lane supporters preaching “Love Your Lane.”
Sicklick’s motivation to halt Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bike network initiative stems from frustration caused by loss of parking spaces and the abolishment of vehicle traffic lanes.
In an email, Sicklick said, “I believe there is so much anger towards bike lanes because many of them took away parking spaces for cars,” she added, “Many bikers don’t use them and ride in traffic, through red lights, into oneway traffic…they should get tickets just like drivers.”
Similary, opponents of a Prospect Park West bike lane will gather Thursday morning, October 21 at the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn . A protest flyer explains that demonstrators aim to address the “The danger, congestion, and noise caused by the addition of the bike lanes,” that “must be stopped.”
In reaction to the Brooklyn protest, a group of concerned Prospect Park West residents will rally at the same location in support of safety improvements made by the two-way bike path and pedestrain refuge islands.
Is there a solution for the safety of bikers, who tred the middle ground of vehicle and pedestrian?