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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

No Bicycle Lane on Bay Ridge Parkway, Confirmed by CB10

Bob Cassara addresses Community Board 10

At last night's Community Board 10 meeting, Bob Cassara put forth a motion to rescind the Board's prior June 2010 vote opposing a bicycle Lane on Bay Ridge Parkway. It was defeated at the full Board member vote by a wide margin (only 8 voted in support).

At the present time, there are no other proposals being considered for new bicycle lanes in Bay Ridge.


Anonymous said...

It's disappointing that even though there was a large turnout in support of these bike lanes the CB turned it down again! What this says to the community is that the CB doesn't take into consideration what its residents want. It is going to do what it wants.

Bob Cassara said...

Most people interested in seeing the bike lane proposal move forward at this meeting left after my motion to rescind the Board's prior June 2010 was defeated. However there is good news. At the last few minutes of the meeting, Bob Hudock made a motion under Old Business to open up the idea of alternate bike lane proposals in Bay Ridge. I made an additional amendment to his motion that the T&T committee form a sub committee on bike lanes. The motion was passed by the full board. The community board chair said that she would seriously consider it. So, we get to continue the effort to get bike lanes in Bay Ridge. But unless we get more people involved and be more proactive in this matter we will not succeed. Last night's turnout was great and had we had that kind of turnout last year when the bike lane was first proposed, we would be in a very different position now. As we all witnessed last night, it is very difficult to change people's minds once they have committed to a certain position. But I believe we can still do it. It is just going to be harder now. It would have been great to see 50 to 100+ people turn out to last night's meeting, along with pickett signs and a parking lot full of bikes. Perhaps for the next meeting and/or in September. I would lke to hear from others and their ideas. The electeds and the Community Board members need to get the message - loud and clear. Our safety matters too!