It's kind of remarkable, in a Trump-administration sort of way. The anger, misinformation and downright surliness of the Community Board and its committees and their attendees has officially entered the realm of absurdity. After arguing with DOT over crash stats, asserting they know more about how 18-wheelers turn corners than those "useless" compute simulations, insinuating that buses cause traffic jams that are actually caused by OTHER drivers parallel parking, and fighting common sense fixes to long-standing safety problems, this last one is outrageous even for this longtime bystander and ex-board member.
Get this. The Transportation Committee managed to so botch its vote for upcoming road repairs to Franklin Avenue south of Eastern Parkway that they actually wrote themselves out of a bike lane that there is PLENTY of room for. That's right. After noting that they are REQUIRED to reduce the car travel lanes to one from two since the street is too narrow (what with double-sided parking), the board actually screwed us out of a dedicated bike lane to continue the Franklin bike lane in CB8 north of EP.
I'll let Rachel at DNA tell the story. I'm too pissed to even retell the debacle. If a bicyclist or pedestrian is killed or maimed because of these fools constant pro-car posturing, I hold them personally responsible.
Ridiculous. We deserve better. Actually, our children, seniors and non-car urban travellers (the majority by the way) deserve a wholesale change in the board, which is skewed well over 50, home-owning and car-driving. And surly beyond belief. At the full board meeting, speaker after speaker spent their moment in the spotlight to bash bicyclists. Whom let's be honest often ride unsafely. But even when they do, they don't mangle your car the way your car can mangle a bicyclist.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.