Did you know that Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes and Seniors for Safety are STILL suing the DOT over the Prospect Park West bike lane? A FIPS'ter wrote in to let us know that there's a hearing scheduled for this Wednesday:
0005210/2011 - SENIORS FOR SAFETY vs. NYC DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Appearance Date: Wednesday January 08, 2014
County: Kings / Part: MOTION TRIAL TERM 8
Justice: BERT BUNYAN (PT. 8)
On For: MOTION #012 / Action:
Plaintiff Attorney: GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER
I went back to check through all of our past PPW bike lane coverage to try and remind myself what the lawsuit actually hopes to accomplish, but then I realized I just don't give a fuck. I'll admit, I was not entirely pro-bike lane when it was first happening. Why have a bike lane when people can ride freely on the road inside the park? Go bike inside the park! But, you know what? I'm cool with the bike lane now. I think it does serve to slow down traffic on PPW, and I don't think it makes it any harder to cross the street, which seemed to be the main concern of the Seniors for Safety. In fact, you actually have a shorter walk from the median than you would if there was no bike lane.
So, to the Seniors for Safety and the Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes, here's my advice (not that you asked for it): In the words of Frozen's Queen Elsa, let it go.