So, we now have the first batch of solid data showing that the Prospect Park West redesign has drastically reduced motor vehicle speeding and injury-causing crashes. It has tripled the number of cyclists who use PPW on weekends and doubled cycling on weekdays. It has almost completely eliminated bicycling on the sidewalk. And it has not impacted overall motor vehicle travel times in any substantial way. The redesign of PPW is working. No bottlenecks!
We also have the results of a massive community survey by Council members Brad Lander, Steve Levin and Community Board Six. Nearly 3,000 people responded, 78% of them expressing support for the new design of Prospect Park West. Even among residents of the blocks between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West — supposedly the opposition bastion for this “controversial” project — 57% expressed support. Most people, it seems, believe the redesign of PPW has not been an inconvenience. Most people are happy with it.
So, when is Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz going to admit he was wrong?
Back in April, WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein sat down for a lengthy interview with Markowitz. In addition to calling New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan “a zealot” and urging cyclists to ride on the sidewalk, here’s what the Borough President promised:
I think the two-way bicycle lanes will cause a great inconvenience to the residents of Prospect Park West… I hope that the commissioner and the department is right. If they’re right, and in fact it causes no bottlenecks, no inconvenience, and if it works, I’ll be the first to say I was wrong. I would.