Speak Out at Tonight’s CB1 Meeting: Bikes Belong on Bedford

The removal of the Bedford Avenue bike lane in South Williamsburg this morning proceeded without any public input. Although the thermoplast has already been stripped away, the cause of safer streets will be better off if New Yorkers who ride this bike lane speak out strongly in response. It’s important, if you can make it, to enter your opinion into the public record at tonight’s meeting of Brooklyn Community Board 1.

CB1 transportation committee chair Teresa Toro tells us that there should be a full house at tonight’s meeting, with a big crowd expected to protest a new waterfront development planned for South Williamsburg. So come early and bring snacks and some water. You may have to wait a while to speak, but hang in there, because the people who’ll be up in arms about the "Rose Plaza" development are by and large the same constituents who complained so loudly about the Bedford Avenue lane. Call me naive, but I think something productive might come out of everyone getting together in the same place.

You must sign in by 6:15 to speak at the public session tonight, and getting there by 6:00 or sooner is highly recommended. Head to the Swinging 60s Senior Center at 211 Ainslie Street, by the corner of Manhattan Avenue.