Remember former Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall (served 2000-07), one of the connected Slopers suing her former office over the Prospect Park West bike lane? Yesterday during a Q&A session following Lord Bloomberg’s press conference about how you can pay your parking tickets online now (yay!?), Streetsblog editor Aaron Naparstek remarked that Weinshall’s opposition to the Prospect Park West bike lane seemed like a way of defending her tenure as DoT commissioner from that of her far more successful and beloved successor, Janette Sadik-Khan. Bloomberg’s response was predictably contradictory.
I’ve known Iris for twelve years; she was a commissioner in our administration for eight. She did a very good job. I was sorry she chose to leave, I tried to convince her to stay. I read about her position on bike lanes. I think I’m probably on the other side of it. It’s probably not fair to ascribe motives to Iris for trying to stop a bicycle lane other than she doesn’t think there should be a bicycle lane there.