Community Board Vote Clears Way For Prospect Park West Bike Path

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Members of a Park Slope neighborhood organization are ecstatic after Community Board 6 in Brooklyn voted in support of a long sought-after bike path Wednesday night.

The co-founder of Park Slope Neighbors, Eric McClure, told 1010 WINS Thursday that the unanimous vote was “really a great outcome.”

A number of people in the community had been battling since 2006 to establish the bike path after concerns over speeding, unsafe pedestrian crossings and a lack of bike access on Prospect Park West.

“It’s emblematic of the kind of lengthy, community-driven process that this has been from the beginning,” McClure said.

The Community Board vote cleared the way for the two-way bike path that will be physically separated from traffic by a row of parked cars.

McClure said many area residents had been had been working toward the outcome for a long time.

“We think that this is the final step in the process of making it permanent.  We look forward to a safer street for everybody who uses it,” McClure said.

SOUND-OFF: What do you think about a bike path on Prospect Park West?  Let us know in the comments section below…

  • Tommy

    Ok, I am confused, I walk between Pritchard Square and 9th Street every single day and there is a bike path, one that is not used very often, but there is one. So what is this article talking about?
    With all this moaning and crying about its use over the last few months, I have actually paid attention to the number of people using it and for the 2 week period I paid attention, I counted 9 riders using it between the hours of 8:00 and 8:15 in the areas that I walked. Not 9 per day, but 9 over the 10 day period.
    Back to my original question, why are people so excited about something that has been there for well over a year? Or is that a perfect example of why people are so upset, since nobody is even using it?

  • Clarence Eckerson

    WOW, I can’t wait to ride on this “new” bike path!

  • kb

    Why does this article make it sound like the PPW path is new?

  • Maris

    PPW looks better, traffic is calmer and I haven’t seen the kind of back-ups claimed by Ronnie. I’ve been using the bike path with my kids for errands – the kind of riding that isn’t facilitated by the loop in the park. And Roy/KPMc – this granola-head rolled home yesterday via the PPW bike lane from a Wall St. job. The bike lane helps provide a safe route – and frankly faster than traveling by either car or subway.

  • KPMc

    Could this article be any more one-sided? You couldn’t find one resident who was against the bike lanes? You make it sound like this was a unanimous uncontested lovefest. If so… why would people have to “battle” since 2006 to get the bike lane?

    • Chris

      Nobody was “battling” since 2006. The first organized opposition to this lane didn’t come until 2010 – after the lane was already approved by the community board.

  • Auburn Dale

    Why is a bike lane necessary alongside Prospect Park when bikers can easily ride INSIDE Prospect Park?

    • Chris

      There’s a very simple answer, Auburn Dale: The park is a one-way bikeway with limited exits and entrances, and it’s closed at night.

      If someone wanted to bike from 9th Street to Carroll Street on PPW but had to use the park, they would have to ride into the park, then ALL THE WAY around the park on the loop, and then back down PPW to get to Carroll. That’s a difference of 2 1/2 miles.

      That’s not at all efficient, especially if you’re commuting or running errands by bike. That’s also why so many people were riding on the sidewalk on PPW before the lane existed – a practice that has virtually disappeared since the lane opened.

    • Ronnie

      I am a cyclist as well as a driver. Prospect Park West is a heavily trafficked route and the reconfiguration of the street from Grand Army Plaza to Bartel Pritchard Square has wreaked havoc with the area. Traffic flow has not been slowed. If anything, drivers are more impatient and the noise level has soared. I went to park in the lane that separates the road from the bike path and was unable to back into my space for quite a while as cars beeped to get by (I was given the finger and yelled at by several drivers). During this interval, traffic backed up for a block-and-a-half.

      The 2-way bike lane has turned into a hazard for the classes of small children crossing PPW to enter the park. I appreciate the joy of having a bike lane, but riders are often reckless and do not yield to pedestrians. It is difficult for pedestrians to go between the parked cars as we cross. As teachers, we must navigate the children across the street and then again through the parked cars and across the 2-way bike path.

      I am 100% in favor of biking. I’ve been commuting on bike for over 25 years. However, this configuration is not a good idea.

      Ronnie of Brooklyn

      • Clarence Eckerson

        Interesting Ronnie. Because there are day care centers I have spoken to that said having PPW shorter to cross is so much safer for them.

      • vateva

        You’re just making stuff up to paint the hugely successful PPW bike lane in a negative light. Traffic as been measured as slower, noise decibels have been measured as lower and collisions involving all types of road users – motorists, cyclists AND pedestrians have been profoundly reduced.

  • Michael

    Love it

  • Rick Evans

    Useless. I’ve been cycling in cities since I was 10 and have never felt a need for a bike path. Cyclists need to learn the rules of the road and to respect cars and pedestrians. Thanks to the growth of bike messenger culture in the ’90s too many cyclists have become too full of themselves.

  • ronnie from morris park

    I guess when the community board does what Billionaireberg wants they keep their jobs. When they vote down the new Yankee stadium deal and the Atlantic Yards project they get replaced.

    • Ronnie

      I agree. The public school system is not the only area of NYC life that has become dominated by the Bloomberg machine.

  • roy

    makes me puke… another bunch of granola heads…

  • Paul

    As long as bicyclists can follow the rules of the road then I am fine with it. But honestly, I have been cursed at by many folks on bikes after they have recklessly cycled thru pedestrian traffic. If you can follow the rules of the road then bike lanes are great. If not, you lose the right to have bike lanes..

    • Chris

      I follow the rules, so by your own admission, I should get to have access to bike lanes. But because other cyclists don’t follow the rules, I don’t deserve the right to a safe ride in bike lanes?

      That’s punishing many for the actions of a few. If we felt the same way about jaywalking, there wouldn’t be any crosswalks in New York.

    • BrooklynCrank

      People love to call cyclists law breakers, but almost ALL drivers break the speed limit, which is proven to increase accidents and deaths. It would be great if drivers followed the rules of the road in exchange for the privilege of receiving massive amounts of tax dollars, the right to leave their personal property outside in a public space, and the right to give kids asthma. There are signs at many intersections that say “wait for green signal” because a significant number of drivers can’t remember what the colors mean.

      In the face of the recent ticket-blitz, I have begun observing “the rules of the road” to the letter, and my experience is that drivers hate being stuck at red lights and on narrow roads behind slow bikes, indicated by higher than usual levels of honking and swearing. Be careful what you wish for–the NYPD might just give it to you!

  • Albert Baron Solomon

    mmmmmm – there already is a bike path there, separated from traffic by a row of cars – Been there almost a year – What’s this about???

    • Ronnie from Brooklyn

      You are right. This article does make it appear as if this has just happened. This is another Bloomberg machination. As with the Atlantic Yards stadium of Yankee stadium deals, whatever public forum opposes what Bloomberg wants gets obliterated.

  • Judy

    I am in total agreement. People use bikes instead of cars and CO2 is minimized. Why wouldn’t everyone be in favor?

    • KPMc

      How does a bike lane around a park minimize the number of commuters traveling to their jobs by car? This won’t change a thing. The same self-righteous anarchic yuppie hipsters will be riding their bikes while the rest of us go to work for a living.

      • Chris

        You DO realize that people ride their bikes to work, too, right? Believe it or not, not everyone on a bike is going on some leisurely ride around a park.

  • Charlie

    Love it

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