Bike Wars: Opponents Sue City Over Brooklyn Lane

Department of Transportation says lane reduces speeding, crashes and injuries

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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Opponents of a bicycle lane in Brooklyn are suing the city to have it removed.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn and calls for the lane along Prospect Park West to be taken out. 

The suit says the city Department of Transportation misled residents about the lane's benefits and worked with groups in favor of it to fight opposition.     

The department stands by the lane, saying speeding is down as are crashes and injuries. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has focused on adding bike lanes to city streets.     

Some New Yorkers have been frustrated with the increase. They say they walk the streets in fear of being struck by reckless riders.

Bicycling enthusiasts appreciate the growing bike lane network which stretches nearly 500 miles.     

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