Updated 08/17/2011 10:08 PM
Judge Rules Prospect Park Bike Lane Can Stay
Opponents of the Prospect Park West bike lane were dealt a major blow Wednesday after a Brooklyn federal judge sided with the city, saying the controversial pathway can stay. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
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Those who use the mile-long bike lane along Brooklyn's Prospect Park West can ride on after a Brooklyn supreme court judge Tuesday threw out a lawsuit filed by some neighborhood residents who want the lane removed.
The city and bike lane supporters are claiming victory.
"It's great, really I even try to bring my granddaughter over who's 8 years old because its a safe space," said one Prospect Park West resident.
"It's excellent," said another. "I think it helps, especially the bikers. You see more people out on the weekend. I think the cars are adjusting to it."
The judge ruled the lawsuit was filed too late. The plaintiffs claim the city initially installed the lane only on a trial basis, which would have allowed them more time.
Those who cringe at the mere sight of the green pavement say they are not happy.
"The voice of the people hasn't been heard because most of the people in the neighborhood don't really like this its dangerous," said one Park Slope West resident.
"There's bike lanes in the park. I live across the street and I look out of the window all the time and there's nobody on it," said another.
Opponents also complain the lane has caused traffic issues and safety concerns for those who cross the two-way lane.
The city, though, says it's quite the opposite.
In a statement the City Corporation Counsel said, "The bike path enhances the local community, helps mitigate speeding and makes the road safer and more accessible for everyone."
Some in the neighborhood say they see the argument both ways.
"I think there's a positive aspect that it gives them a place to go that's not in the middle of the road. But I also think for me and my dogs, when I'm crossing, I have two fears of getting run over because they don't care about traffic rules at all," said one Prospect Park West resident.
The two neighborhood groups that filed the lawsuit said they respectfully disagree with the courts decision but would not say if they plan to appeal.