Eyes on the Street: Dekalb Bike Lane Used for NYPD Parking

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From Clinton Hill Blog via Gothamist:

Since I’ve been biking a lot lately, I’ve
come to realize how wonderful bike lanes actually are.  I’m pleased to
say that we now have a bike lane on both Myrtle AND DeKalb!  However, I
have noticed that the DeKalb bike lane seems to be contributing to the
bottle necking that happens around Classon Ave, causing a backup.

It’s not actually the bike lane that’s causing this.

The cause is the police parking. Cop cars cut off an entire lane
just west of Classon on DeKalb, and now that practice has become even
more dangerous.

This intersection has already become a
traffic nightmare, and now cyclists have to divert out into traffic
that’s already dangerous. Surely there must be a better way to arrange
this. With a huge increase in neighborhood traffic (especially on
Sundays with the Flea), this isn’t cool.

Speaking of bike lanes, WE NEED ONE ON LAFAYETTE AVENUE!!! ASAP!!!

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The intersection of Classon and Lexington, where Lauren Davis was struck and killed by a turning driver last April.

Family of Lauren Davis Asks CB 3 to Support Classon Ave Bike Lane

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Davis was biking on Classon in the direction of traffic on the morning of April 15 when a left-turning driver in a Fiat struck and killed her. Her sister Danielle launched an online petition urging community boards 2 and 3 and local council members Laurie Cumbo and Robert Cornegy, Jr. to support a bike lane on Classon, and almost 6,000 people have signed on.

The Case for a Two-Way Protected Bike Lane on Plaza Street

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Cross-posted from Brooklyn Spoke. In April 2010, DOT proposed an overhaul of the chaotic and dangerous Grand Army Plaza to include two-way protected bike lanes on Plaza Street East and West. (Plaza Street is not the high-speed roadway around the arch and fountain, but rather the less trafficked outer roadways, which already have one-way buffered […]