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PPW Bike Lane is Here to Stay

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bert Bunyan dismissed a lawsuit opposing the bike lane

The Prospect Park West bike lane lawsuit has hit the end of the road.

, Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Bert Bunyan ruled Tuesday to dismiss the suit filed by Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes and Seniors for Safety.

The city's victory was hailed by Councilman Brad Lander, D-Park Slope, who said in a statement that the "bike path has been a huge success, making the boulevard safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers alike."

"Most residents of Park Slope have indicated that they like the new, safer Prospect Park West and want the bike path to remain," he said.

“The NYC Department of Transportation presented the project to the community numerous times, to hundreds of people, before and after it was implemented. They made changes in response to feedback before laying down any paint last summer," Lander added.

Jim Walden, who represented the NBBL and SFS pro bono, said he disagreed with the Judge Bunyan decision.

"The Judge had a very different and very independent view of the facts—different, in fact, than either party," Walden said in a statement.

"He dismissed our Petition without prejudice to us, held that DOT never made a decision concerning removal of the bike lane, invited us to demand that from DOT, and then re-file if DOT refuses to remove it.  At the same time, he granted our long-standing demand for public documents, which DOT wrongfully withheld."

Walden said he will now need time to figure out what the next move for the NBBL and SFS culd be.

The debate over the bike path's merits is a long-standing one in the neighborhood. There are those who and those who . 

“I don’t think any of us—on either side of the debate—thought we would be spending so much time debating one mile of green paint, inside or outside of a courtroom," said Lander. "I am glad to put this behind us, and I look forward to working together to find common sense ways to make our streets safer, our neighborhoods more livable, and our city more sustainable.”

josie August 17, 2011 at 04:01 AM
Yay! Sanity wins. The bike lane has made the neighborhood better. NBBL has had its day in court just as they wanted. It's time to move on!
Peter Kaufman August 17, 2011 at 05:13 AM
Bonus for the judge calling Markowitz's affidavit, "devoid of details". It's just about the only thing Markowitz -is- devoid of.
Chicken Underwear August 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM
yea!!!!
John August 17, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Once again the pc people win.Condensing 3 car lanes into two, causing more traffic to wait for.before crossing ppw, having to look both ways for the bike lane..Just ridiculous. Believe me, someone is going to be seriously hurt soon.
Alex Cox August 17, 2011 at 03:24 PM
W00t! As a PPW resident I *love* the bike line, and as a parent I'm really glad for the improved safety it provides for my family.
Parksloper August 17, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Napoleon Bloomberg would have it no other way.
Howard Gintell August 17, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Maybe Jim Walden should find clients that know how to read signs (Look both ways before crossing). Is this really so difficult to understand? Slower traffic and less pollution does NOT create a dangerous environment.
JohnnyMess August 18, 2011 at 12:51 AM
In order to appease both sides, why don't they keep the bike lane for the warm weather months of the year, and move the cars back to the curb during the cold weather months. There is no way there will be the same number of people using that lane from November through March as there are from April through October. If you tried to drive on PPW during last years snow storm you would appreciate just how needed that extra lane was.
BklynGirl August 18, 2011 at 01:14 AM
I have nothing against bike lanes and think that in some areas they are definitely a plus, however the Prospect Park bike lane is not only unnecessary given that there are already designated biking areas within the park, but this particular strip is very dangerous. Pedestrians cannot see oncoming traffic since cars are parked beyond the bike lane, and having two way bike traffic located in this area makes crossing extremely hazardous. Furthermore, I almost got hit by speeding bikers while trying to exit my car and go into the park. I think these bike lanes would better serve the public if they were located to the right of the parked cars and not in between the designated parking areas and the sidewalk.
Parksloper August 18, 2011 at 01:52 AM
I walk inside the park every evening and all the lance armstrong wannabe's flying around at top speed, never slowing down for anyone, do not know how to read signs. When the park is closed to traffic they are to keep to 2 lanes along with those on roller blades while the other two lanes are for pedestrians.
Parksloper August 18, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Makes sense that's why. There are a few people who use the bike lane now never mind during the snow. On my walk tonight a woman was riding on the sidewalk near Carroll Street. Entitled bikers.
Chicken Underwear August 18, 2011 at 03:27 AM
BklynGirl, Have you even seen the bike lane or been to Prospect Park. There is a 2 foot wide safety zone between the parked cars and the bike lane so that bikers and pedestrians can see each other. The Park is also ONE WAY.
Jim August 18, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Chicken - give it up. BklynGirl has been posting the same moronic message multiple times under different names. She will never get it. This is a great win for Park Slope. The bike lane was requested by the community and supported by the vast majority of people including our local politicans. Napoleon Bloomberg???? - maybe, but not in this case. This is a great victory for the people. Whoooahhhhh!
Parksloper August 18, 2011 at 02:41 PM
"BklynGirl has been posting the same moronic message multiple times under different names." You have proof of this?

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