BK Borough Prez Calls DOT Commissioner a “Zealot” Over Prospect Park West Bike Lanes, Which, BTW, Should Be Finshed This Summer

04/13/2010 11:28 AM |

Marty Markowitz and Janette Sadik-Khan

Pro-car, pro-iPad Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz had some harsh words for Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in an interview with WNYC yesterday, particularly with regards to the latest locus of animosity between pro-bike and pro-car Brooklynites: the protected bike lanes coming to Prospect Park West very soon. (But look at that cute picture of them out biking together during the 2007 Tour de Brooklyn! Happier times.)

The plan, one of many projects which Marty sees as evidence that Sadik-Khan “wants to make it difficult, [drivers’] life difficult,” for which he also called her a “zealot,” involves eliminating one lane of car traffic and some parking spaces to create two protected bike lanes and slow down traffic on the highway-like stretch of street between Park Slope and Prospect Park. The plan was originally announced last fall, but delayed because of Markowitz’s nay-saying, and is now expected to begin construction in June, according to the Brooklyn Paper. Hopefully it will be finished just in time for Marty to bike safely to this summer’s free outdoor concerts at the Prospect Park bandshell. (Curbed)