NYC bike lanes facing backlash

In the past few years New York City has installed more than 250 miles of bike lanes, but seems not everyone is pleased.

“He’s taking away my rights as a driver,” one woman was quoted in a recent New York Times piece detailing the growing frustration of many residents and business owners who aren’t happy about the changes. Some protests have been vocal enough to have sections of bike lanes removed:

Bowing to vocal opposition from drivers and elected officials, the city last week began removing a 2.35-mile painted bike lane along Father Capodanno Boulevard on Staten Island. In Manhattan, a community board held a special hearing this month for business owners to vent about problems posed by a new protected bicycle lane on Columbus Avenue — in particular, the removal of parking spaces and the difficulty of getting truck deliveries.

In Brooklyn, new bicycle lanes have led to unusual scenes of friction. Along Prospect Park West, opponents protested last month alongside supporters of the lanes. And last year, painted paths along Bedford and Kent Avenues in Williamsburg caused disagreement between cyclists and Hasidim. The lane on Bedford Avenue was later removed.

And now, on December 9, the City Council will hold a meeting to begin to balance the concerns of non-cycling residents with those of the city’s bike advocacy groups and riders.

You can read the full story at the New York Times.


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