City & State: Broad Support For Bike Lanes, But Narrow Concerns Remain

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Most New Yorkers like the idea of bike lanes  – but do they like one on their block?

A poll released by Transportation Alternatives this week shows that 60 percent of New York City voters support bike lanes, and the advocacy group is touting the results as proof that the lanes are not nearly as controversial as they’re portrayed.—

But others say the organization is spinning the issue, unfairly painting a complex policy matter in black-and-white terms that ignore local concerns with specific bike lanes.

“I would think that many people who speak in favor of bike lanes may reserve judgment based on where the bike lane would be, and on whether it was affecting their community, their business strip or their small businesses,” said City Councilman Jimmy Vacca, who chairs the Transportation Committee. “On a case-by-case basis, while people are in favor of bike lanes, they may say, ‘Wait a minute, on this street it may not work.’ ”

The issue has come to the forefront as Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has overseen a surge in bike lanes in recent years, winning plaudits from cycling advocates but drawing criticism for expanding them with little input or oversight.

For more on this growing debate, head to City & State…