Bill Thompson Rents Ads-by-Bicycle to Woo Borough Park Voters

The scene on 13th Avenue in Borough Park earlier today. Photo: ##https://twitter.com/JewishPolitical/status/377488763586641921/photo/1/large##Jewish Political/Twitter##

Here’s an ironic twist for the mayoral candidate who all but ignored bicycling and walking in his transportation platform: Bill Thompson has rented mobile advertisements-by-bike, with yellow-vested, red-helmeted riders pedaling around Borough Park with Yiddish-language advertisements for his campaign.

Despite Thompson’s anemic transportation policy, it’s a step up from the last time around. In 2009, he made an anti-BRT campaign stop in Bed-Stuy and promised to remove a bike lane on Grand Street in Manhattan; now, he promises “a true BRT system,” but remains noncommittal on bike lanes.

Don’t forget: Polls close at 9 p.m. Before heading out to vote, check your voter registration status and polling location.

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