Last month a judge in a Brooklyn Supreme Court adjourned the lawsuit brought by a few wealthy Slopers against the widely-loved and -used Prospect Park West bike lane, and as the case between the city and “Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes” returns to court next week, the plaintiffs have subpoenaed two city officials: Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn and Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope).
The Brooklyn Paper reports that lawyers for the group seeking to have the (opposite of) offending lane removed have called for the two pro-lane officials to respond to allegations that the Department of Transportation exaggerated numbers that seemed to show the protected, two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West was getting lots of use.
The suit also alleges that the lane was originally intended to be temporary—even though the local community board had asked for it to be installed—a claim whose origins have been traced back to the borough, not the DOT.
The city plans to fight the spurious subpoenas. Mark Muschenheim, a lawyer for the city, tells the Paper: “We will move to quash the subpoena—and are confident that our motion will be granted.”
In a neighborhood survey conducted by Lander (who’s currently on vacation) and Councilman Steve Levin (D—Park Slope) late last year, the councilmen found that only 22 percent of respondents wanted to return Prospect Park West to its pre-bike lane configuration, while 54 percent supported the lane, and 24 percent wanted minor tweaks, the same ones that were unanimously approved by the community board back in April.