DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
TIME: 6:30 PM
OLD FIRST REFORMED CHURCH
729 CARROLL STREET
(CORNER OF 7TH AVENUE)
BROOKLYN, NY 11215
A G E N D A
- Presentation by representatives for the Department of Transportation on their findings and recommendations regarding the Prospect Park West bicycle lanes and traffic calming project installed in Summer 2010.
Thursday night is an important opportunity for PPW bike lane enthusiasts to hear the latest from DOT and show support for the lanes.
There is a small cadre of PPW residents who are implacably opposed to the bike lanes for a variety of parochial reasons. It is imperative that the people who use and appreciate the bike lanes on PPW come out to relate, with well-reasoned and respectful language, why the bike lanes are important to the community.
I understand that Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes (the curiously named opposition group whose members showed up to heckle at our last meeting to review the Lander/Levin bike lane survey results) will be there to demonstrate their opposition to the lanes.
It's no secret that I'm a supporter of the traffic calming bike lanes that DOT installed on Prospect Park West last year. I do believe that the lanes can and should get an aesthetic makeover to blend in better with the Park they abut - think West Side Highway where the bike lanes make an attractive component of the riverfront park.
A small, vocal and well-funded minority wants to scrap the lanes altogether and return PPW to a three-lane speedway. And we can't let that happen.