Mean Streets

December, 2012

Prospect Park West bike lane foes win appeal

Mean Streets: It’s the path of most resistance. Comments (57).

Tunnel vision! Plan to make Atlantic Avenue underpass safer, prettier

Mean Streets: A gloomy Atlantic Avenue underpass is getting a makeover. Comments (9).

November, 2012

Police: We rebuilt Bergen Street’s makeshift bike lane barrier

Mean Streets: Bergen Street’s makeshift bike lane barricade is back — and this time cops say they’re the ones who built it. Comments (36).

October, 2012

Joggers should stay out of bike lanes, cyclists warn

Mean Streets: Joggers who use bike lanes to escape crowded sidewalks are running afoul of roadway laws — and putting cyclists in danger, leading pedal-pushers and bipeds agree. Comments (36).

One year after Lefevre’s death, what has changed?

Mean Streets: The dangerous conditions that led to the death of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre remain as hazardous now as they were one year ago today, when a hit-and-run driver killed the 30-year-old artist and ignited a street safety movement that sought to change the city’s traffic enforcement culture. Comments (20).

Bridging the gap: Lentol pushes for bike lane on Pulaski

Mean Streets: Greenpoint’s Pulaski Bridge will gain a bike lane and lose a lane of automotive traffic if a North Brooklyn politician gets his way. Comments (77).

Metropolitan Avenue is too dangerous, neighbors say

Mean Streets: The Bushwick street where a hit-and-run driver killed cyclist Terence Connor last week must be tamed before it takes another life, neighbors and mourning family members say. Comments (88).

Cyclist killed in Bushwick hit-and-run

Mean Streets: A driver hit and killed a bicyclist then fled from the scene on Metropolitan Avenue in Bushwick early this morning, police say. Comments (9).

September, 2012

Meals vs. wheels: Food carts block bike lanes, cyclists say

Mean Streets: Inconsiderate food vendors who use Downtown bike lanes to haul their carts are recipe for disaster, concerned cyclists say. Comments (43).

Unicyclists rally for their rights

Mean Streets: Riding a unicycle isn’t all fun and games. Comments (8).

Calm down! City wants to slow traffic with extra parking

Mean Streets: Now try to get off the BQE. Comments (15).

Promenade bike backlash: Neighbors angry over rule-breaking cyclists

Mean Streets: Too many cyclists ride on the pedestrian-packed Promenade, ignoring signs and putting park-goers in danger, some regulars at the famous Brooklyn Heights vista say. Comments (24).

August, 2012

Wheels of justice: Lawyer designs bike crash phone app for cyclists in need

Mean Streets: Need to sue the jerk who ran you over? There’s an app for that. Comments (1).

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Brooklyn’s scariest bike lane

Mean Streets: Our readers have spoken, and we’re ready to name the single most terrifying bicycle path in the borough. Comments (36).

Big islands! City to widen Fourth Avenue medians

Mean Streets: Fourth Avenue’s pedestrian islands will get fatter under a city plan intended to make crossing the treacherous street feel less like a game of Frogger. Comments (24).

Will makeshift bike lane inspire a Prospect Heights roadway redesign?

Mean Streets: The vigilante cyclist who constructed this barrier out of traffic pylons sure hopes so. Comments (24).

Prospect Heights inventor designs shiny, light-up bike helmet for cycling safety

Mean Streets: Shine on you crazy cyclists. Comments (8).

Bergen Street’s make-shift bike lane barrier is no more

Mean Streets: Prospect Heights’ do-it-yourself bicycle route has ceased to be. Comments (27).

Rampant double-parking makes Dean Street a mean street, cyclists say

Mean Streets: Motorists flagrantly break the law by double-parking on Dean Street, say angry cyclists who claim the rampant rule-flaunting puts their lives in peril. Comments (47).

Brooklyn Bridge too narrow, pols say

Mean Streets: The borough’s most iconic landmark deserves a makeover to appease crowds of speeding cyclists and ambling tourists who frequent it every day, two councilmen say. Comments (50).

Thieves poach Brooklyn’s ghost bikes for parts

Mean Streets: Looters are stealing the parts from ghost bikes, desecrating the white-painted memorials to cyclists killed on the borough’s streets, according to bicycle activists. Comments (50).

Cyclist’s makeshift bike lane barricade stops cops cars from blocking path

Mean Streets: A vigilante cyclist jury-rigged a street barrier to keep cop cars from double-parking on a Prospect Heights bike lane. Comments (102).

July, 2012

VOTE: Is this the scariest bike lane in Brooklyn?

Mean Streets: Cyclists say cars often double-park on Jay Street, obstructing the bike lane and forcing them into traffic. But is Jay Street really worse than Fifth Avenue, Bedford Avenue, or the Brooklyn Bridge? Let us know by voting for the borough’s most terrifying bike lane. Comments (55).

Fast and furious: Pols outraged at NYPD for not ticketing speeders

Mean Streets: Cops in three Brownstone Brooklyn precincts ticketed just two speeding motorists for the second straight month — a disturbing trend that could cost pedestrians their lives, politicians fear. Comments (36).

Finding parking on Atlantic Avenue will get a whole lot easier

Mean Streets: Atlantic Avenue will become a parking paradise and that’s easier for pedestrians to cross, say Boerum Hill neighbors and merchants who convinced the city to ease no-standing regulations on the busy roadway after nearly two decades. Comments (21).

Speed limit to be reduced in Boerum Hill

Mean Streets: Drivers whizzing through Boerum Hill better ease off the gas now that the quiet brownstone enclave is getting Brooklyn’s first speed limit-reducing “slow zone.” Comments (21).

Brownstone Brooklyn cops must give more speeding tickets, activists say

Mean Streets: Police covering a broad swath of Brownstone Brooklyn are turning a blind eye to speeding motorists, say angry street-safety advocates who are outraged over the fact that cops issued just two speeding tickets in the entire month of May. Comments (34).

June, 2012

Cyclists want their own Lafayette Ave. lane — not a shared route with cars

Mean Streets: The city hopes a new road configuration will help cyclists and motorists share Lafayette Avenue — but the Fort Greene group that petitioned for the street redesign fears it won’t do enough to protect bicycle-riders. Comments (51).

Let there be stoplight! Williamsburgers get traffic signal after 22-year wait

Mean Streets: Talk about a long wait for a stoplight. Comments (26).

New Prospect Park traffic lights give cyclists the green light

Mean Streets: The city is giving Prospect Park cyclists the green light — literally. Comments (50).

Bay Ridge to city: We want our own bike lane plan

Mean Streets: Talk about going off the grid! Comments (18).

City no longer hitting brakes on Slope bike lanes stalled by PPW controversy

Mean Streets: The city is rolling out a pair of new Park Slope bike lanes after hitting the brakes on the paths last year amid the controversy over the Prospect Park West cycling route. Comments (67).

Golden rival pushing for more bike lanes in Bay Ridge

Mean Streets: State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes wants to see more bicycles in Bay Ridge — setting the wheels in motion for a showdown with Republican state Sen. Marty Golden, who opposes bike travel on major thoroughfares. Comments (152).

Could cameras tame a deadly Greenpoint street?

Mean Streets: A Greenpoint lawmaker wants to slow traffic on one of Brooklyn’s deadliest streets by catching speeding drivers on camera. Comments (45).

May, 2012

Drivers fear bike-share will replace parking in W’Burg, Heights

Mean Streets: Some Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights residents are concerned that bike share docks could sacrifice on-street parking, but cyclists say bike docks are just another form of parking. Comments (82).

Rack-y road! Parking spot becomes bike slots in Slope

Mean Streets: Replacing a parking spot with bike racks is a different kind of fair trade for the owners of a famous Park Slope coffeehouse. Comments (37).

Slope bike lane critics: Put Plaza Street West cycling path on the sidewalk

Mean Streets: Opponents of a much-anticipated cycling route that connects the Prospect Park West bike lane with Park Slope and Prospect Heights want the city to push aside the new path — literally. Comments (54).

Prospect Park West pedestrian islands cost lots

Mean Streets: Painting the Prospect Park West bike lane isn’t the only part of the controversial project that took a lot of green. Comments (22).

Bad parkers get passive aggressive notes on Prospect Park West

Mean Streets: A diehard parking vigilante is trying to rid Park Slope of spot-hogging drivers — one homemade “citation” at a time. Comments (43).

April, 2012

Ridge motorists to city: Keep your hands off 4th Ave. driving lanes

Mean Streets: Borough President Markowitz wants to breathe new life into Fourth Avenue from Atlantic Avenue to the Verrazano Bridge, but motorists say the Beep shouldn’t remove any car lanes from the busy thoroughfare. Comments (4).

Island, ho! Prospect Park West bike lane to get pedestrian islands

Mean Streets: Bicycle boosters say a city plan to install raised concrete islands on the Prospect Park West bike lane proves the cycling path is there for good — but lane opponents claim the cement lumps actually provide a new legal outlet in their fight against the route. Comments (4).

War of words: Driver fights PPW parking ticket over meaning of ‘to’

Mean Streets: Justice is blind — and it doesn’t understand English very well, according to one angry Park Slope motorist. Comment.

Red Hook cyclist will make your bike glow in the dark

Mean Streets: Brooklyn’s streets would be safer if all of the cyclists looked like extras from “Tron.” Comment.

Re-lane-carnation! City brings Plaza Street West bike path back to life

Mean Streets: A proposed cycling path that veered off-course amid the controversy surrounding the Prospect Park West bike lane is rolling again. Comment.

What a drag: Majority of McGuinness drivers break traffic laws

Mean Streets: Drivers on McGuinness Boulevard are speed demons. Comment.

March, 2012

Proposed bike law would force cops to investigate all serious crashes

Mean Streets: A Williamsburg lawmaker is pushing a bill that would force police to investigate all serious car-on-bike crashes — not just ones in which cyclists lose their lives. Comments (39).

Cyclist and pedestrian collide in another Prospect Park crash

Mean Streets: A bicyclist struck a young woman on Prospect Park’s accident-plagued roadway, where the city plans to remove a lane of car traffic to bring order to the street. Comments (77).

Cyclists and pedestrians mourn those killed in car crashes

Mean Streets: It was a day of love and rage. Comments (21).

Hit-and-run trucker goes free because cyclist partly to blame: NYPD

Mean Streets: The driver who struck and killed Mathieu Lefevre escaped prosecution because cops say the bike rider was partly at fault. Comments (30).

Stats prove Prospect Park bike crackdown is real

Mean Streets: Riding a bike too fast in Prospect Park can cause some serious damage — to your wallet. Comments (58).

Councilman targets speeding motorists on Atlantic

Mean Streets: Steve Levin’s got a gun, and he’s not afraid to use it! Comments (30).

February, 2012

Plan cuts Prospect Park car lane, makes more room bikes and peds

Mean Streets: A revolutionary roadway redesign will bring transportation equality to Prospect Park’s main street by removing a lane of car traffic and giving the space to pedestrians and cyclists, park officials say. Comments (58).

Traffic barrels removed from Prospect Park bike lane

Mean Streets: City transportation officials removed dozens orange traffic barrels intended to slow cyclists on a crash-prone hill in Prospect Park — and now they want your advice on what to do next. Comments (46).

Defending the Prospect Park West bike lane isn’t cheap

Mean Streets: The city has already spent $140,000 on legal fees to protect the Prospect Park West bike path — and it will likely spend more thanks to an appeal filed by cycling lane opponents. Comments (66).

Drivers cry foul over Fowler Square pedestrian plaza plan

Mean Streets: Fort Greene motorists are lashing out against the city’s plans for a pedestrian plaza between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue, saying the tiny block of S. Elliott Place is better used as a roadway than as a leafy hangout. Comments (33).

Lawsuit rolls on: Bike lane opponents appeal Prospect Park West ruling

Mean Streets: Like a bike with no brakes, the fight over the Prospect Park West bike lane just keeps rolling. Comments (45).

The need for speed bumps: Parents try to tame Cobble intersection

Mean Streets: Children walking to school will be hit by unseen, speeding cars unless the city installs bumps and mirrors at a dangerous Hicks Street intersection, claim Cobble Hill parents. Comments (72).

Lower speeds for Greenwood Heights?

Mean Streets: Greenwood Heights residents want to reduce the speed limit on Sixth Avenue, beginning their own push for a “slow zone” after protesting a similar traffic safety plan in Park Slope that emerged without their input. Comments (24).

Woman injured after SUV crashes into Downtown condo

Mean Streets: A motorist ran a red on Sunday night, struck another vehicle and crashed into a fancy Downtown high-rise on Boerum Place, according to a witness. Comments (11).

Foot patrols for footbridge

Mean Streets: Cops say they’re planning to increase enforcement on a treacherous Fort Greene overpass where teens have tossed bricks at cyclists and started targeting cars. Comments (25).

January, 2012

Slow down, Kent! Three new stoplights headed for W’burg waterfront

Mean Streets: Three new traffic lights will tame Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, slowing motorists and cyclists while protecting pedestrians who are beginning flock to the neighborhood’s burgeoning waterfront, city officials say. Comments (15).

Slower Slope speed limit would make Greenwood Heights a race track, locals say

Mean Streets: Park Slope residents who want the speed limit reduced think “twenty is plenty” — but Greenwood Heights neighbors say not so fast. Comments (50).

Dead cyclist’s family says trucker should be charged

Mean Streets: The parents of a cyclist killed by a trucker driver in Williamsburg say newly obtained survaillenace videos and police documents prove the man behind the wheel should be held responsible. Comments (14).

City admits Atlantic Avenue right on red is wrong

Mean Streets: Crossing Atlantic Avenue to reach Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 will no longer be a dangerous game of “Frogger” for park-goers after the city stops allowing motorists to make right turns on red. Comments (11).

Public housing residents: Bike lane fence is offensive

Mean Streets: Residents of two Fort Greene housing projects want the city to come up with a way to protect cyclists from brick-throwing teens that’s smarter and less stigmatizing than a cage-like fence. Comments (65).

Another pedestrian struck by a cyclist in Prospect Park

Mean Streets: What can the city do to make Prospect Park’s dangerous downhill safe for pedestrians and cyclists? Comments (126).

Family of dead Williamsburg cyclist sues NYPD for video footage

Mean Streets: The parents of Mathieu Lefevre say that surveillance footage from a Morgan Avenue warehouse will reveal the truth about how their son died. The artist was killed three months ago in a tragic hit-and-run but cops never pressed charges. Comments (19).

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