Former City Officials Join Marty Markowitz in Protesting Bike Lane’s Improvements to Urban Life

01/25/2011 3:40 PM |

Bike lane protesters demand more speeding cars, fewer safe cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Bike lane protesters demand more speeding cars, fewer safe cyclists and pedestrians.

Today two former city officials (and very vocal opponents of the hotly-contested Prospect Park West bike lane) tell the Brooklyn Paper that they, much like borough prez Marty Markowitz, are extremely skeptical of a recent Department of Transportation survey showing the lane’s many benefits.

On Sunday Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz kept up his hard-line anti-cycling stance by reacting to great news about the Prospect Park West bike lane‘s innumerable benefits by calling the Department of Transportation’s stats skewed, suspect and “biased.”

In today’s BP, former Sanitation Commissioner Norman Steisel (who formed the NIMBY-y group Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes) and former Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall joined Markowitz (in office 2000-2007, replaced by the awesome Janette Sadik-Khan) in accusing the DoT of cooking the books to make it appear as though the contentious bike lane were more beneficial than it really is (hard to determine, at the moment, as the lane remains only half-plowed following last week’s snowfall).

Markowitz being aligned against the current administration in league with former city officials is about all the foreshadowing we can handle in one day. (Photo)

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