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Marty looks bike gift in the mouth

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Borough President Markowitz turned Scrooge on Thursday by turning down a gift two-wheeler from cycling activists who showed up at Borough Hall to complain — in song! — about his anti-bike lane stance.

It fell to nice guy Chief of Staff Carlo Scissura to put the brakes on their jollity and show the activists the door.

“We were disappointed because he wasn’t taking any notice of an important issue,” said Barbara Ross, one of 10 “Love Your Lane” cyclists from the environmental organization, Time’s Up!, who braved the cold to visit Borough Hall in Santa hats, a song in their hearts, and a donated, gold-painted bike.

“We spent a whole day working on it, it looked very festive,” proudly added the pedaler, who said that her group had hoped to gently prod Marty into supporting the controversial bike lane along Prospect Park West — long a spoke in the side of Markowitz, who sang his own showtune parody at a City Council hearing last week.

Ross said that the group was informed by Scissura that Markowitz already had a bicycle, and instead suggested that the pennyfarthing be donated to a child.

“The borough president appreciated the offer,” said the Beep’s spokesman, Mark Zustovich.

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benjamin shepard from Carroll Gardens says:
For more on our visit to Marty's office, see:

Time's Up! Love Your Lane Bike Clowns serenade Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz with singing telegrams, and deliver a "Golden Bicycle" Holiday Gift.

Awesome Video by Time's Up! video collective

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLOgvdhx_Gs

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Fabulous photos by Adrian Kinloch & Rich Colosimo.:

http://britinbrooklyn.net/photography/golden-bike/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/txup/sets/72157625617577862/

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Thursday, December 16th, the “Love Your Lane” cyclist clowns from the environmental organization Time’s Up! came to Brooklyn Borough Hall dressed in holiday- and festive-colored costumes. The clowns were ready to recruit. After Brooklyn borough President Marty Markowitz’ clownish behavior last week at the well attended bike lane oversight hearing, the clowns hoped to invite Markowitz to join their circus. After all, his rendition of “My Favorite Things” to the City Council’s Transportation Committee hearing on NYC Bike Policy, chalk full of anti-bike lane misinformation, made him an ideal candidate.

The “Love Your Lanes” clowns were also interested in adding a verse to the childhood anthem, “My Favorite Things”:

When the car honks,
and trucks double park,
when we're run off the bike lane
I simply think of Prospect Park's designated bike lane
And then I don't feel so bad.

Keep reading here:

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=love-lane-clowns-sing-for-marty

Lyrics to all the songs they sang here:

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=time-s-up-love-your-lane-songs

Press Release:

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=2010-12-16-love-your-lane-clowns-serenade-brooklyn-bp

Bike Blog write up:

http://www.bikeblognyc.com/love-your-lanes-marty-love-your-lanes/
Dec. 17, 2010, 11:07 am
common sense from bay ridge says:
If Marty doesn't want the bike, I'll take it.
Dec. 17, 2010, 2:40 pm
totally not saying from Brooklyn says:
Why would Marty need a bike? He has a driver and parks on the sidewalk next to Borough Hall every day.
Dec. 17, 2010, 3:27 pm
Sarah from Park slope says:
Exactly my gripe with janette "ooh, let's be Copenhagen" sadik Kahn. Talks bikes. Gets driven. Everywhere. What a poser.
Dec. 17, 2010, 9:45 pm
Mike from GP says:
JSK may get driven a lot, and that clearly needs to change.

But at least she's working hard on saving people's lives. Marty is actively trying to make the streets more dangerous.

And from the looks of it, Marty doesn't even use his bike.
Dec. 18, 2010, 10:30 am
ASG from Park Slope says:
Good One for Marty, He used to live on PPW and knows that the bike lane on Prospect West is ridiculous, it is not used frequently except for summer wkends. The bike group would be better served if they had two lanes inside the park.
Dec. 19, 2010, 2:32 pm
Other Mike from Park Slope says:
ASG, Why is the bike lane on PPW ridiculous?
Dec. 19, 2010, 4:32 pm
Mike from GP says:
ASG can you elaborate on why you the think the PPW traffic calming improvements are ridiculous? Is it the reduction in speeding motor vehicles? The massive reduction in sidewalk cycling? The huge increase in bicycling numbers, especially parents and kids riding? Which safety improvement would you remove? Which element of dysfunction would you restore to that street?
Dec. 19, 2010, 5:14 pm
bazooka joe from park slope says:
Mike from GP and the clown cycle lobby have taken a page from the Karl Rove strategy playbook. If you repeat a lie over and over and over again it must be true! Bogus speeding stat's, inflated bicycling numbers.
Getting every hipster putz with a bike to come out for the cameras on the anti-bike lane rally day? There were more cyclist's there for the cameras that day than there have been on that bike lane in total since its been finished!
Dec. 23, 2010, 3:06 pm
bazooka joe from park slope says:
BTW, the people in the photo above are offended that you've been calling them clowns! Thats their regular every day clothes! They get them from the dumpster behind one of the many clown colleges in Williamsburg!
Dec. 23, 2010, 3:09 pm

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