Wednesday , November 19th, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Fulton Houses, 119 9th Avenue ( btw 18/19th)

Community Board 4 will hold hearings on the conversion of the Eighth Avenue bike lane from unprotected to protected between 14th and 23rd Streets. The segment below 14th Street on 8th Avenue has already been converted. Some residents are opposed to this sensible initiative. Please come and lend your support to this important safety project . Download the Flyer Here and share it with you neighbors.

Mark your calendar: Final Vote on the Eighth Avenue Bike lane will take place at CB4 full board meeting on December 3, 2008. We need your support at both of these events

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Keith
Keith
10 years ago

I may be among the minority, but I really feel the community and the NYPD shouldn’t come down too hard on bicyclists. I”ve been riding in the city for 20 years, and can tell you that a lot of people’s concern and getting upset about cyclists is exaggerated.

Riding your bike through a red light shouldn’t be punished if there’s obviously no traffic…it’s just plain Draconian, and an excuse to add revenue to the city by squeezing a poor cyclist. Why not insist on tickets for jay-walking? It amounts to the same thing. The main thing people who don’t bike don’t realize is that you have momentum on a bike, and it’s an effort to pedal, so you cruising through an empty intersection should be an allowable courtesy.

As for riding on the sidewalk, same thing…discretion should be used. Obviously I’d object if I were a pedestrian on a crowded sidewalk and was endangered by an aggressive cyclist, but these are few, and unfortunately set a bad example for the rest of us – who may be using a fairly empty sidewalk to slowly and safely ride up to the next cross street. Again, discretion please! This will also apply to, last but not least, someone going a block up the wrong way to get to a cross street. Come on, we’re talking about someone on a bike, not driving a car. If this gets some readers angry, I’d like to remind them that cops should judge whether the cyclist is acting in a reckless and endangering manner before writing them a ticket and ruining their day. In tolerant NYC, shouldn’t there be some room for shades of gray, rather than black and white?