Yep, we're still talking about this thing: today the Brooklyn Paper published competing opinion pieces from Councilman Brad Lander and Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes member (and Brooklyn College dean) Louise Hainline about the awesome two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West. Neither really says anything new: Lander explains how he and fellow Councilman Steve Levin and Community Board 6 surveyed Slopers and found them mostly in favor of the lane; Hainline reiterates her bike lane-hating group's proposal to reduce the lane to one direction while making some incomprehensible claims.
For instance, enumerating the problems the lane was designed to help resolve but has, in her group's view, aggravated, there's this passage:
When drivers drop off elderly and disabled passengers and local businesses access customers on Prospect Park West, a busy thoroughfare is reduced to a single lane.
Last year, the Department of Transportation installed this two-way obstructed lane and has since converted this “pilot program” into a permanent fixture without properly evaluating it or addressing local residents’ concerns.
The Department of Transportation recently proposed a few modifications that would add raised pedestrian safety islands, signals to tell cyclists to yield to pedestrians, and “rumble strips.”
(Image: "The bicycle path from Prospect Park, Brooklyn, to Coney Island." Illustration from an 1896 issue of Munsey's magazine, courtesy NYPL)