This morning I rode my slowest mile in recent memory, but it was for a great cause. Park Slope residents organized We Ride The Lanes, a family- and community-oriented ride in support of the Prospect Park West bike lane. Kids and adults on bikes of every shape and size rode from Grand Army Plaza to the traffic circle at 15th Street. I didn't partake, but there were cupcakes, lemonade, and smiles all around at the end of the ride. (Then I rode 18 miles in the park, because why not.) There's a video of the event here, and I can be seen at about the 0:55 mark in the extreme upper left corner, waiting my turn to ride the lane.
As I was riding along the bike lane with hundreds of fellow cyclists, I realized that I just don't understand the fight over this bike lane. It's just a bike lane! We have much bigger problems in New York than this 20-block stretch of pavement alongside a public park in a residential neighborhood. Transportation Alternatives, Councilman Brad Lander, and others have pointed out the safety benefits of the lane. The traffic data shows cars are moving slower on Prospect Park West and that accidents for pedestrians and cyclists are down. This lane is a good thing for the neighborhood. I would hope that those opposed to this lane realize the sheer ridiculousness of the argument and turn their activism toward more urgent causes.