I knew it. The Anti-Bike-Lane people were contradicting themselves from the start;
First they said No One was using the Bike Lane, then they said they couldn't cross the Bike Lane without getting nearly hit by a Bicycle. An utter contradiction.
How about if the Cyclists installed digital video cameras on their bikes, and made videos of the stupid things some motorists do?
What if the videos were used in an attempt to get the drivers licenses revoked?
Would the Community Board be against a few dozen license revocations?
@Benjamin Sutton: I didn't realize that the back streets were a lot more narrow than Bay Ridge Parkway. (I had a look on Google Street View).
I do believe that Bike Lanes would fit on Bay Ridge Parkway. I recently rode on a Bike Lane on 75th Avenue in Queens, and I don't think it's any wider than Bay Ridge Parkway.
(As for the photo, I should have said "That is a *deceptive* photo...", because the sunset makes the street look narrower than it actually is. Sorry, poor choice of words.)
A bike lane would be nice, but there are also parallel streets running a block away on either side of Bay Ridge Parkway. A cyclist could use the back streets.
Another comment: That is a lousy photograph, with this article, because it was shot into the setting sun. That is the most dangerous time of day to ride because drivers are blinded by the sun.
Bravo! We need an interconnected grid of Bike Lanes. If the Bike Lane doesn't connect with another Bike Lane, and dumps the cyclist into a Parkway with no Bike Lane, it's not very good.
Hopefully, more people will start using bicycles. I don't think enough people realize the advantage a bicycle has, when compared to walking. A person on a bicycle can cover five times more distance than he or she could otherwise walk. This is due partly to the wheels, but mainly to Mechanical Advantage, or in other words, each turn of the pedals makes the wheels turn FIVE times. I have been surprised by the number of people who do not know this simple fact, considering that the chain-drive bicycle has been around since 1886.
One can ride a bicycle at a slow or moderate speed, and have the advantage of covering five times more ground. In fact , considering one can go five times the distance North and South, and go five times the distance East and West, the cyclist has twenty-five (25) times the range of a pedestrian with the same leg muscles!
And while advocates point out that bicycling saves gas, we should also remember that bicycling will save shoe-leather; you cover five times more ground without wearing out your shoes. And your feet don't hurt.
The bicycle was not invented to replace the car. The Bike came before the car. Bicycles were originally intended to replace horses, and horse-back riding. But you don't have to feed a bicycle everyday, like you would a horse. Consider that owning a bicycle doesn't require Veterinarian bills or cleaning up after with a (large) pooper-scooper, and you begin to understand why bicycles are so popular.
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