This Week: Ride and Wave Through Hasidic Williamsburg

In addition to the Streetsblog calendar items this week, there are two MTA Board meetings to track. Shortchanged by Albany and drained by bigger-than-expected TWU raises, the MTA must decide how to close a sudden $400 million budget gap. Major service cuts are on the table. The MTA finance committee will unveil the details of the austerity package this morning and the full board will vote on it Wednesday.

On to the rest:

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

  • MRB

    I cannot thing of a better way to antagonize a community and ensure that bicycle infrastructure continues to be an us-vs-them issue rather than a cooperative issue that the “bike and wave” idea.

    I’ve done some digging of people in-the-know on the Bedford Ave bike lane closing; and it was pushed by actual Hasidic Jews who were offended by the state of undress of (mostly) young women riding from Secular Williamsburg. I had presumed this was a guise for local businesses who didn’t understand bike lanes or concerns over that certain undesirables might enter the neighborhood, but my understanding is that the exposed skin is a legitimate issue for the community.

    In this case, the “Ride and Wave” completely ignores the issue and might as well be a big middle finder to the conservative jewish community


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