I wrote earlier about the meeting that CB 6 held at the Old Reformed Church in Park Slope to discuss the DOT’s study of the PPW bike lane. The opposition is headed by a group with the Orwellian-named “Neighbors For Better Bike Lanes” (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is more honestly named).
Its principal spokesperson is Lois Carswell. She rose to challenge the DOT’s count of cyclists using the bike path. NBBL had conducted its own count and came up with roughly half the numbers that DOT cited. Take that, Janette Sadik-Khan!
Streetsblog describes what happened next,
The DOT spokesperson responded that they had examined NBBL’s numbers and found that NBBL had done their count at the extreme end of the bike lane
In other words, by putting their camera in front of the co-op where most of the lead opponents live, they didn’t count the many people who rode the bike lane only part of its route, before turning off at major intersections like 9th or 3rd Streets.
Carswell responded with the priceless,
“I disagree with your logic.”
She declined to offer her logic , as well as ignoring the fact that acceptance of her numbers would seem to refute the charge NBBL makes that seniors are dodging maniac bikers left and right (in fact, there have been no reported incidents).
But forget the cognitive dissonance; like staring into the sun, it will only hurt you to dwell on it. You have to love the lady’s last name. Like Dickens’s Mr. Murdstone, or James Bond’s nemesis, Auric Goldfinger, it’s a euonym.