Let’s get right to brass tacks.. the lane was supported by a margin of 3 to 2.
As Streetsblog reports,
By an overall margin of 48 percent to 32 percent, more people feel the redesign has improved the street than made it worse. A similar margin prefer to keep the redesign than to get rid of it — 44 percent to 28 percent, with 25 percent choosing the option of “altering it to respond to pedestrian and driver concerns.” (In response to concerns, DOT has proposed narrowing the bike buffer near Grand Army Plaza and installing raised pedestrian refuges and bike “rumble strips” at intersections, a plan that cleared two CB 6 committees unanimously last month.)
As Brooklyn Spoke notes,
66% of the poll respondents said they own or frequently use a car, while only 49% of the households in Brennan’s district have cars. Also, 83% of the people polled were reached on landlines and just 17% on cellphones, which skews the demographics of the people .
“This is why I am reluctant to endorse the bike lane as is, and would prefer that the city and the community continue to study the elimination of the two-way lane or the transfer of the bike lane to the righthand side of Prospect Park West with a buffer (an ordinary bike lane).”
In other words, what Steisel/Weinshall/Carswell want. So what to do if you’re Brennan? In a perfect world, you act as if it never happened. But when that becomes a non-option, Plan B is bury the news by releasing it on a Friday afternoon.
No doubt, that would be the advice given by the P.R. firm hired by PPW bike lane opponents.
- Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
- Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
“Silver Blaze” from The Memoirs of Sherlock Homes