Well, if supporters of the Prospect Park West bike lane in Brooklyn are a bunch of terrorists (as some bike-lane opponents might have it), they are very effectively disguised as cute little kids and their parents. Streetfilms has the evidence.
Yesterday, hundreds of bike lane supporters showed up to ride the controversial lane, which has become the target of a lawsuit filed by neighbors seeking to have it removed. (Full disclosure: some of the material filed as part of the suit consists of nasty comments from Streetsblog, a website where I used to work.) The lane’s opponents say it is a safety hazard.
The 700-plus people who rode to show their love for the lane see it as exactly the opposite — a rare safe haven for the neighborhood’s children, often used for transportation to and from school or sporting events. (More disclosure: I used the lane to get my nine-year-old son to and from soccer games this past weekend.)
Here’s what one of the ride’s organizers had to say about the event: “We just wanted to show that it’s not a political issue, it’s that we love the lane — and it’s great for families and it’s essential for kids and for safety and it’s good for everybody. Let people know that there’s support for the lane in the community — that’s our contribution to the dialogue.”