Experiencing Prospect Park West Bike Lane Fatigue? Too Bad, More Changes and Fights!

09/28/2011 4:13 PM |

(Rendering courtesy Department of Transportation)
  • (Rendering courtesy Department of Transportation)

Last time we received a dispatch from the Prospect Park West bike lane battle front, the lane-hating lawsuit-filers vowed to sue again after their case against the Department of Transportation demanding the lane’s removal was dismissed, and some improvements were underway at its northern end. Now more adjustments to the controversial bike path are in the works, as is an appeal by its opponents following their ill-fated (and -advised) initial suit.

Making good on their promise not to give up their crazy fight those calling for the two-way bike lane’s removal, Streetsblog reports that the lane’s opponents have filed an appeal in hopes of having the baseless case looked at once more.

In the meantime, the Department of Transportation is following the old “Robert Moses Principle,” making so many and such substantial changes to the street’s built environment that anyone asking for their undoing seems crazy and wasteful. The latest changes coming to Prospect Park West—after new raised pedestrian islands, rumble strips and loading zones were approved back in April—include raised pedestrian islands (pictured at top) like those along Ninth Avenue in Manhattan, cobblestoned areas around tree pits that will further buffer cyclists from cars, and pedestrian signals moved from the sidewalk out onto pedestrian islands at nine intersections.

The latter modification and its likelihood to make the pedestrian signals more difficult to see for oncoming cyclists, the Brooklyn Paper suggests, are points of great contention among both supporters and opponents of the lane. Community Board 6, which originally requested the Prospect Park West bike lane as a traffic-calming measure back in 2008, voted against the new modifications earlier this month, though the DOT seems on track to implement the new tweaks regardless.