Grand Street Cycle Track: The Hysteria Continues
"By putting in a bike lane protected by a row of parked cars, the city has essentially turned Grand Street into a single lane," correspondent Ti-Hua Chang tells us, neglecting to mention that Grand Street already had a bike lane and a single moving lane before the parking protection went into effect (in fact, drivers have more space in the new design to make right turns). The difference now is that double-parking actually has consequences for other drivers instead of cyclists, but you don't see any motorist-on-motorist recriminations here. Also unmentioned in this traffic blame-fest: free East River bridges and the low, low price of on-street parking.
What we get instead is a parting shot from Sean Sweeney -- the man who fought tooth and nail against the Prince Street bike lane -- invoking the specter of people burning to death as a result of this safety improvement. Good thing Fox 5 put him on camera.