Maybe instead of chicken entrails he used an old rusty bike chain?
Last week, Community Board 10′s Transportation Committee voted unanimously to request a number of new bike lanes for Bay Ridge, reports Noah Kazis for the soothsayer/ alternative transportation website Streetsblog.
Last year, the blog’s editor Ben Fried had predicted such things would come to pass.
Thirteen months ago, Brooklyn Community Board 10 voted against painting a bike lane on Bay Ridge Parkway. The lane would have removed neither a travel lane nor parking from the road, but was still voted down by an overwhelming margin: 32 to 8. Council Members Dominic Recchia, Vincent Gentile, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio all piled on with statements of opposition.
Streetsblog editor Ben Fried responded with an article headlined “Prediction: Brooklyn CB 10 Will Vote For Bike Lanes Sooner Than You Think.”
That time is now.
One former bike lane critic had this to say:
“I, for one, welcome our new bicycle-riding overlords”
“It’s been a long push to change people’s attitudes, but things are changing down here,” an anonymous board member told Streetsblog. Allen Bortnick, who had previously “emerged as the most vocal opponent” of bike lanes in Bay Ridge, chose to vote “present” instead of formally opposing last Thursday’s decision.
In what could be a sign of the changing times, State Senatorial hopeful Andrew Gounardes recently came out in favor of additional bike lanes – a move that was tacitly supported by Councilman Vincent Gentile.
CB 10 is expected vote on the proposed bike lanes when it reconvenes in September.
Related article: CB10 committee votes to put bike routes on Ridge and Dyker streets (Will Bredderman / Brooklyn Paper)
Updated June 28 to correct and make a distinction between the actions of Allen Bortnick and the statements made by an anonymous board member to Streetsblog.