After declaring victory in the fight to have a car-free bike lane, and a few weekends of good behavior, I noticed some back-sliding — cars were again blocking the lane. I got back in touch with Claire Hudson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Joan Millman, who promised to contact the 84th precinct.
This past Sunday, along with the blocked lane, the church on Henry Street had his sign posted on its fence. Apparently, the police are
“under considerable pressure from some community members to enforce the law open the bike lane at all times. We need to support them as they introduce this compromise to the Heights”
Compromise? Church-goers, with the acquiescence of the police, will continue to be allowed to block the lane when they want, and now the congregants have it in writing.
I contacted Ms. Hudson, who said she had not been informed of this apparent codification of the arrangement between the church and the police, wherein people attending church won’t be ticketed. She said she would bring this to the attention of the Assemblywoman, and would be contacting Captain DiPaolo of the 84th.
Here’s a shot from this past Sunday, of the cars of the poor congregants who would rather park in the bike lane than find a legal space or a lot.