From the New York Daily News:
Erasing a bike lane will not stop nubiles from pedaling down Bedford Ave. and offending our pious Hasidic brethren.
“The Grand St. bike lane provides critical protection for the nearly 1,000 bicyclists who use it daily and also for motorists and pedestrians along the corridor,” a DOT spokesman proudly declared. Many of those same bicyclists commute from Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge, but apparently their safety becomes less boast-worthy once they continue onto Bedford Ave.
The erasure is all the more disturbing because DOT knows better. The department saved numerous lives by installing some 200 miles of bicycle lanes over the past three years, doubling to a total of more than 400 miles, on the way to a planned 1,800 miles by 2030.
I don’t know why a religious group gets to dictate to the rest of the city who can and cannot use the streets in their neighborhood. I’d be very surprised if the ACLU doesn’t get involved in this at some point.