What’s all the fuss about bike lanes, floating parking & bike buffer zones?
-Bike Lanes: The NYC parking ticket
An NYC bicycle lane is an NO STOPPING zone. In other words, you are not permitted to stop temporarily to drop-off or pick-up a passenger or personal property to the curb. Please do not enter a bike lane with your vehicle. See, 34 RCNY 4-08 (3)(9)
-Bike Lanes: The Lawsuit
“Well-connected New Yorkers have taken the unusual step of suing the city to remove a controversial bicycle lane in a wealthy neighborhood of Brooklyn, the most potent sign yet of opposition to the Bloomberg administration’s marquee campaign to remake the city’s streets.
The lawsuit, filed on Monday in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, comes after a year of dueling petitions, pamphlets and rallies over a bike path installed by the city last summer along Prospect Park West.
But while the suit seeks only the removal of that particular lane, it incorporates criticisms of the administration’s overall approach in carrying out the high-profile initiatives of its transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Kahn, including placing pedestrian plazas in Times and Herald Squares and rededicating dozens of miles of traffic lanes for bicycle use.”
-Does the big cheese stand alone?
To her critics, Janette Sadik-Kahn, the NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner, is a one-woman wrecking crew; bullying or ignoring any person standing or driving on her way to a greener NYC. To her minions, she is a brilliant, focused beacon of light for pedestrian safety, transportation alternatives, and bike lanes.
To Mayor Bloomberg, she is implementing his big picture; however, it is the little snapshots that irritate the Mayor. Such as her failure to build a consensus, or at least try to reach out to the other stakeholders and win their support. Mayor Bloomberg is quoted by the NY Times:
“Mayor Michael Bloomberg said recently that his administration’s outreach on bicycle lanes could use improvement.”
The results of a new Quinnipiac University Poll cited mass transportation as one of the serious problems facing New Yorkers. (See question number 9), and Mayor Bloomberg’s job approval rating plummeting.
[Image from a fun website, Magic, the gathering].
What’s your opinion about bike lanes, Mayor Bloomberg, and Janet Sadik-Kahn’s green initiatives? Please comment, your opinion matters to us.