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Voices: Prospect Park West Bike Lane

People and their opinions on the PPW bike lane the day after Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bunyan dismissed the lawsuit against the DOT.

A stroll up and down Prospect Park West this morning in pictures.

Check out what the public thinks about the controversial bike lane, how the lawsuit against the DOT , and how the mile-long stretch of green paint is here to stay. 

Greg todd August 19, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Um or maybe being hit by a 3500 pound vehicle can do more damage than a 26 pound vehicle? Like is your ass so precious you need a 3500 pound vehicle to ferry it around town? So what if you incidentally pollute the air, take up a lot of precious space and frequently run over cyclists and pedestrians Man are you a lost being.
Kevin Beers August 19, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Um it's always the same thing- bikers portray this as a conflict between bikes and cars but I am a pedestrian and I find myself dodging bikes a whole lot more often than cars. Cars stop at lights. Cars do not sit in the crosswalks. Cars do not ride on the sidewalks. And cars do not go the wrong way on one way streets. In short drivers for the most part follow the laws. Because if they don't they will be ticketed. I find that when I am inconvenienced or threatened as a pedestrian it is much more likly to be a biker. I'm sure that statistics would demonstrate that bikers break the laws at a much higher rate than your favorite boogey man the car. As a pedestrian I am not polluting the air. And when I travel further I take the subway which is an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. You ride your bikes in fair weather but what do you do when it rains or it's winter. You need to support the subways so they are there when you need them. I am so tired of this self righteous blather that you are saving the environment. Bikes make such a little dent in the war on pollution. It's really a fashionable feel good kind of lifestyle in which you can feel superior. Boy am I going to hear about that remark.
Kevin Beers August 19, 2011 at 09:09 PM
I would like to add that I find bikers much more pleasant and courteous in places other than New York. My wife was an avid biker in Boston and defended bikers against my criticism but then was appalled by the lack of consideration she found when she moved here.
Parksloper August 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM
"Um or maybe being hit by a 3500 pound vehicle can do more damage than a 26 pound vehicle?" Thanks for the info captain obvious but you missed the point of my comment to someone else. A lost being? Smoke too much weed or something? And I'll drive my precious ass, and yes it is precious, anytime anywhere in a car cause its none of your damn business.
Parksloper August 19, 2011 at 10:28 PM
There are a lot of studies proving electric, hybrid are no better than standard cars and in fact worse. One: Electric cars may not be so green after all, says British study : http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/electric-cars-may-not-be-so-green-after-all-says-british-study/story-e6frg8y6-1226073103576 Also the hybrid batteries are from China where the rare earth metals used to make the magnets for the batteries are being abused in the mining process.

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