The lane in question, which was part of the broader redesign of Grand Army Plaza that the DOT put forth in April of 2010, would offer a much-needed connection to the hugely successful Prospect Park West lane, and a convenient way of getting around scary Grand Army Plaza.
The DOT says the decision to postpone installing the new lane has nothing to do with the cranks who made a mess of the Prospect Park West lane.
Department of Transportation spokesman Seth Solomonow said that the agency will not install the new lane this year due to “the scope” of a bigger Grand Army Plaza project, which includes a new stop light and an expansion of the farmer’s market area.
It would undoubtedly be a shame for this bike lane connector to not get built, as any plan to make Grand Army Plaza more intelligible to its most vulnerable users is worth a shot. But if the DOT gives into the
terrorists bike lane opponents—if that's indeed what's happening here—the agency is just letting them win.