Welcome to BRBRbrooklyn! Whether you are pedaling to the shore, the store, your neighbor’s stoop, or back to your own coop, this blog is for you. Bay Ridge Bicycle Routes is an effort raise to awareness within our neighborhood and among civic groups about the activities of bicyclists in Bay Ridge and other nearby communities in southern Brooklyn.

Our neighborhood’s immediate access to the harbor, less congested street traffic, friendly atmosphere, expansive parks and flat terrain (except, of course, for the steep ridge in Bay Ridge!) makes our corner of New York City one of the most fantastic places to ride a bicycle. Whether for transportation, recreation, fun or fitness, cycling is great in Bay Ridge.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bicycle Lanes to the North

So most every neighborhood in Brooklyn lies to the North (or maybe East) of Bay Ridge. Here are 2 stories happening regarding bicycle lanes in Park Slope as reported by the Brooklyn Paper.

Story #1: DOT abrubtly removed an item from Community Board 6's agenda for hte discussion of 2 new bicycle lanes on 14th and 15th Street near Prospect Park.
Read the story here: "Bike Lanes - the Third Rail of New York City Politics"

Story #2: Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes —which includes Schumer’swife, the former Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall, and for- mer Sanitation Commissioner Norman Steisel — says it “plans to file suit” over a cycle path that it says was installed based on incorrect information by an agency that in- tentionally ignored the facts... But as the group calls into question lane safety, cyclists call into question the integrity of a well-connected group that represents the lane-hating minority in Park Slope. “It’s a small group of wealthy and powerful people who don’t like it,” said Eric McClure, of Park Slope Neighbors, which supports the bike lane.
Read the story here (download the pdf for the print edition out this weekend) Or online here.

Let's face it: it is mid-February and we are still the depth of winter. BRBR is curious to see how all of the recent negative bike lane attitudes play out in May-August when the hoards of NYC take to the streets en masse on their bicyles. One of my neighbors just mentioned to me during an elevator ride: "I'm thinking about getting a bicycle when the weather becomes nicer."

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