Despite the Wall Street Journal‘s gun-jumping claim that “New York City isn’t freaking out so hard about bicycling,” here we are awaiting a verdict in the bike trial of the millennium brought by a few well-connected bike lane-hating Park Slopers against the city and its transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan. And we’ll have to wait a little longer: Streetsblog reports that yesterday Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Bert Bunyan rendered no decision in the lawsuit demanding the removal of the much-loved Prospect Park West bike lane, and adjourned the case until July 20.
The adjournment came after the plaintiffs requested time to review documents obtained from the office of Council Member Brad Lander through a freedom of information request. They are also asking that judge Bunyan grant discovery—”in which each party, through the law of civil procedure, can obtain evidence from the opposing party”—a rarity in this type of case.
The first major hurdle for the plaintiffs will be proving that the PPW bike lane was a trial project, and not a permanent installation from the get-go—as Department of Transportation documents show. Because in the case of permanent projects, the statute of limitations for filing this type of case expires after four months, and the group filed its suit eight months after the bike lane was installed. If/when they can’t prove that the bike lane was a trial project installed temporarily, their case could be dismissed.
And then the city won’t be freaking out so hard about bicycling!