If it’s true that the city’s cyclists are a bunch of self-important nudniks who think they rule the roads, it did not take long for them to start taking victory laps around the pelaton after the city prevailed yesterday in the Prospect Park West bike lane lawsuit.
This is a resounding and definitive victory for the neighborhood, for the Department of Transportation and for advocates of safer more livable streets. We are pleased that Justice Bunyan specifically reaffirmed the legitimacy of the lengthy community-driven process that led to the redesign of Prospect Park West (pages 7 through 14 of his ruling).
We encourage the individuals who filed this law suit to join with Park Slope Neighbors and organizations like the Park Slope Civic Council, the Grand Army Plaza Coalition and Community Board 6 in the ongoing work of making Brooklyn’s streets safer and more accessible for everyone.
Transportation Alternatives executive director Paul Steely White:
This decision is not just a victory for Park Slope, it’s a victory for all New Yorkers’ safety. This project is a great example of how neighborhoods can get relief from dangerous traffic: the community asked the DOT to fix a dangerous street, the DOT’s proposal went through an intehttp://www.observer.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=postnse community process and, by all measures, it is extremely popular and has made Prospect Park West safer for everyone of all ages. The demise of this farcical PR stunt confirms what the vast majority of New Yorkers already know: bike lanes are good for New York. Let this victory mark the end of the misguided war on safe streets.
The response on Twitter has been robust.
Times magazine editor Adam Sternbergh: “I am trying to decide which Judge I’d most like to imagine dismissing the PPW bikelane lawsuit: Wapner, Judy, Reinhold or Dredd.” As for the potential for an appeal: At a certain point you have to look in the mirror and ask ‘What am I doing with my life?’”
Gothamist editor John Del Signore goes for a highbrow lowbrow reference: “And the Eye of Sauron falls into the fires of Mordor!”