Summer Bike Lane Wars Heating Up: Ikea Opposes New Red Hook Lane

06/25/2010 9:34 AM |

Ikea opposes Red Hook Bike Lane

Having city buses and ferries branded with their name and logo isn’t enough apparently: now the Red Hook Ikea is threatening to rescind a number of the community projects it promised if the city’s Department of Transportation goes ahead with a proposed four block bike lane. The Brooklyn Paper reports that the new lane would begin at Columbia and Bay Streets, following Columbia as it turns into Halleck and end on Beard Street, at the main vehicle entrance to Ikea. The two-way bike lane would mean removing the southbound car lane, an apparently unacceptable loss of automobile access along a route already heavily trafficked by cyclists crossing the neighborhood.

At a Community Board 6 meeting earlier in the week, Ikea manager Mike Baker apparently told the transportation committee that if they made any changes to the big box store’s street plan, the company would no longer be held responsible for traffic in the area.

“If the … traffic management elements constructed and funded by Ikea are going to be modified … then Ikea is not responsible for impacting or remedying the vehicular flow in Red Hook.”

Further proof that Ikea, no matter how superficially Scandinavian, isn’t necessarily interested in good urbanism and would much rather accommodate car-driving customers than ensure the safety of passing cyclists. (Brownstoner)