Snow problem on Prospect Park West

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Blizzard of 2010? No, but Friday’s light snowfall means that cyclists on the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane are out of luck until the city gets around to plowing the two-way dedicated path.

City officials told us on Friday that bike lanes are a low priority for the Department of Sanitation, getting cleared only after primary, secondary, and tertiary routes are plowed, according to agency spokesman Matthew LiPani.

Cycling advocates were OK with that — within reason.

“Let’s make sure that roads that fire trucks, ambulances and police need to get through are plowed right first — but if the lanes still aren’t plowed after three, four, five days, then it is not giving fair consideration to people who rely on the lane to commute to work,” said Doug Gordon, a Park Slope resident and blogger.

And snow shouldn’t be an excuse.

“It should be a priority to make them usable year round,” said Aja Hazelhoff, bicycle advocate for Transportation Alternatives, a grassroots group.

The Prospect Park West bike lane had patchy, icy spots for weeks after the Great Blizzard of 2010, the one for which Mayor Bloomberg is still taking heat.

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018
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LOLcat from Park Slope says:
I've seen many troll comments before, but this may be the first troll article I have ever seen!

Jan. 21, 2011, 5:44 pm
Steve from PPW says:
By not shoveling the bike lane, the city is also leaving stretches of pedestrian crossings from the street to the sidewalk covered with snow and ice. And if they don't act fast, this most recent round of snow will ice over this weekend. So the sanitation department sees pedestrians who want to go to the park as a low priority, too.

LOLcat, you're hilarious. A guy says it would be okay for the city to focus on emergency vehicles and leave the bike lanes alone for a bit. Why, that's the very definition of an unreasonable troll!
Jan. 21, 2011, 8:02 pm
Steve from PPW says:
Also, please stop calling it controversial. A tiny smattering of PPW residents don't like it, but something that reduces speeding and serious injuries is not controversial. Life jackets are not controversial, even if some people don't like how they look.

The bike lane debate here is done. It's not controversial, except for in the media and at Louise Hainline's house.
Jan. 21, 2011, 8:09 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
The Parks Dept meticulously clear the area where the farmers market will be on Saturday. That was all done by 1PM. It would have take 10 minutes or less to plow the length of the Bike Path. On Saturday that snow will freeze solid and stay there till it goes above freezing on Wednesday.
Jan. 21, 2011, 8:11 pm
JAY from pslope says:
crybabies can't use your bike lane. Not sure why you care since you all ride down the street the wrong way anyway.
I can't wait for you to enjoy the police crack down. I am going to love to see all you bikers getting tickets for running red lights, and for failing to signal when turning using PROPER hand signal (no flipping off a car is not correct), and I can't wait to see you getting a ticket for not having a cute little bell on your cute bike. I can't wait for commercial bikes to get tickets for not having licenses on them as required by law, and my fav is that your bike can be confiscated for ridding on the sidewalk. Glad you have your bike lane, now eat paper dirtbags!!!
Jan. 21, 2011, 11:33 pm
Mike from GP says:
Jay, did you have something constructive to say?
Jan. 22, 2011, 12:58 am
LOLcat from Park Slope says:
@ Steve:

You misinterpreted my internet lingo. What I meant by this is a troll article is that this article serves no real purpose other than starting another commenter flame war.

Just like cars become harder to use when it snows, so do bikes. That's snow and ice for ya.
Jan. 22, 2011, 2:12 am
Disastergirl from Slope says:

Was thinking the same thing. This is definitely a troll article. 'larious!
Jan. 22, 2011, 7:42 am
Steve from PPW says:
LOLcat, you do see the irony in posting the first comment on an article you are accusing of being troll bait, no?
Jan. 22, 2011, 10:08 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Gosh! Who could have predictided this?

Oh! Me!
Jan. 22, 2011, 10:16 am
Peter from Park slope says:

Cars and Bikes are contemporary.
Soon we'll all glidearound on magnetic energy-Oh except for Marty Markowitz who will use a pogo stick cause ,he grew up in the fifties,and his brain hasn't developed since then...
Jan. 22, 2011, 8:33 pm
Publius from Bklyn says:
Oh man, the NYT SLAMS the Brooklyn Paper as a Murdoch stooge:
Jan. 22, 2011, 9:59 pm
Resident from PPW says:
In the picture it looks like Prospect Park West has become a side street because of all the crowding. It is kind of ironic that because of the bike lane, the once majestic street now looks smaller than 9th Street. Who would have believed that!
Jan. 23, 2011, 5:26 am
Barbara says:
I honestly did not recognize the street.
Jan. 23, 2011, 9:30 am
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
It is plowed now
Jan. 23, 2011, 10:28 am
LOLcat from Park Slope says:

As 9th street is a physically larger street than prospect park west, I WOULD HAVE BELIEVED IT.

Can you complain about something accurately once?

Jan. 23, 2011, 12:33 pm
Mike says:
That picture doesn't even show the roadway. It just shows the bike part. Resident's comment doesn't even make sense.
Jan. 23, 2011, 12:53 pm
Steve from PPW says:
Resident, one way to free up space on PPW would be to get rid of all the cars. Then it would nice and open with very little to block your view of the park. Very majestic indeed.

Careful with your NBBL never know where it will take you.
Jan. 23, 2011, 5:15 pm
ilovebrooklyn from PPW says:
Some parts of the PPW bike lane still aren't plowed as of today. They had the park-side sidewalk plowed as fast as the street, btw -- that sidewalk was clear the morning of the storm. Last night I saw an elderly man biking down the middle of PPW beside an unplowed stretch of bike lane. There's just no excuse to keep the lane unplowed this long.
Jan. 24, 2011, 10:04 am
J.J. Hunsecker from Kensington says:
@LOLcat: Thanks, I hadn't really understood what a troll article meant. Now it makes total sense.
Jan. 24, 2011, 10:43 am
Marty from Brooklyn says:
Once I got wind that the bike lane was being plowed, I called Sanitation and told them to stop. Unfortunately, they had already cleared from Bartel-Pritchard to 7th Street.
Jan. 24, 2011, 12:03 pm
joe from WB says:
Sanitation here, oh hey yeah we know you Marty. You're from the comments section of brooklyn paper. Yeah totally we'll halt plowing the bikes lanes right away. no problem at all Marty we understand how much this means to you. Hey Marty just don't be mad when those bikers are riding in the middle of the street. Oh you don't drive or even leave your apartment? have a great day sir.
Jan. 24, 2011, 1:56 pm
StevefromPPW is a putz from PPW says:
Steve from PPW is always on here bad mouthing people, telling them what they should and shouldn't say, calling people liars and other names telling the paper as well what they should and shouldn't be writing stories on...
Grab a shovel tough guy and start shoveling your precious bike lane yourself! Why should sanitation go out of its way for you? Let the DOT morons that are putting in all the bike lanes and speed bumps all over do it!!!
Jan. 26, 2011, 2:45 am
StevefromPPW is a putz from PPW says:
Sorry, Sanitation trucks need to conserve gas.
Plowing bike lanes causes too big a carbon footprint and isn't very "green"! therefore bike lane supporters are destroying the atmosphere,man!
Maybe you can tie a shovel to the front of your bike?
Maybe you and your 16 roommates can chip in for a shovel and clear that lane yourselves?
Jan. 26, 2011, 2:49 am
ks on ppw from park slope says:
The city just isn't doing a good job clearing snow period!

Whether you like the bike lane or not it exists and if it's not cleared people will bike on the street or sidewalk, both of which are already more narrow because of snow piles from plowing (and making the bike lane in the first place). So if the city built it they should maintain it!

I live on ppw and I don't think the bikelane has caused major problems. However, two annoying side effects I have seen:
1) drivers who use the bike lane as a space to unload all of their crap for picnics in the park. First, why oh why do you need all of that crap? Second, how are people supposed to ride if you're in the lane taking your sweet time unloading 12 coolers? (I'd say the same thing if that space was a sidewalk for pedestrians)

2) bikers who seem oblivious to pedestrians and don't even offer to stop if a pedestrian gets the light and has a limited amount of time to cross. There are a few locations along the park where a lot of pedestirans enter and if they have the light to get across PPW I think there should also be a light on the bike lane to stop the bikes (if needed, maybe install buttons for walkers to push that would activate the bike stop light). Walkers should have a chance to get entirely across the street not be forced to stop where the cars are parked especially during peak season when there are a lot of people crossing at once.
Jan. 28, 2011, 1:25 pm

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