Prospect Park West Bike Lane Opponents Keep Hunting For Headlines

Desperate “Malcontents” Refuse To Accept Reality
Michael Murphy
(646) 873-6008
August 19, 2011

Despite Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice, Bert Bunyan’s, dismissal of the lawsuit against the City over the street safety improvements on Prospect Park West, the opponents decided to ignore reality when they called on the Department of Transportation to remove the bike lane today.

“In their desperate quest for headlines, the opponents of the street safety improvements on Prospect Park West continue to ride roughshod over the wishes of local residents,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “These malcontents had their day in court, and their groundless case was dismissed. The people of Park Slope have endured this reckless PR stunt long enough. It’s time to move on.”

The Prospect Park West bike and pedestrian safety project grew out of local support from organizations like Park Slope Neighbors and the Park Slope Civic Council and repeated strong endorsements from the local community board, where the majority of residents consistently spoke in favor of the street improvements. On Sunday, April 10th, over 700 local residents gathered in a massive community bike ride and walk along Prospect Park West to demonstrate broad-based approval for the street improvements.

The local Community Board commissioned a survey with Council Members Steve Levin and Brad Lander, which revealed 71 percent support for the Prospect Park West bike lane. This overwhelming support materialized again in a poll by Assembly Member James Brennan, demonstrating that 68 percent of local residents support the Prospect Park West bike lane or would support continued improvements. The findings of both local samples are consistent with the 66 percent citywide support for bike lanes revealed by a recent NY1-Marist Poll.

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