The lane expansion had been suggested two years ago as part of a larger rehabilitation of Grand Army Plaza, but was later withdrawn. The city said the scope of the project was too large, or something; critics contended that the DOT was scared off after a minority group of well connected opponents to the PPW bike lane brought on negative press and angry letters. The actual lawsuit against the lane, however, was dismissed in August.
The DOT will unveil two separate proposals at a community board meeting in two weeks—one for a protected lane, separated from automobile traffic, and another that's unprotected. Um, the former, please.
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