Bike Lanes: Killing Business, Confusing Drivers, Motivating City Council []

(Zoe Schlanger/Gothamist)
The City Council passed legislation yesterday requiring the DOT to notify Community Boards whenever it plans to install bike lanes. Some cycling advocates view the legislation as superfluous red tape, because it's been standard practice for the DOT to hold CB hearings prior to the installation of most bike lanes. "It's bizarre that bike lanes alone would be singled out for extra requirements," says Transportation Alternatives' spokesman Michael Murphy. "That implies political considerations are being prioritized over safety."