Here’s a smile-inspiring sight: Crowds of cyclists – including a big contingent of parents and children – enjoying the Prospect Park West bike lane. The video by Streetfilms in this post captures the festive mood of hundreds of citizens who showed their support for safe, family-friendly streets by taking part in the We Ride the Lanes event on Sunday morning, organized by local resident Mitch Sonies.
The two-way Prospect Park West bike lane, protected from traffic by a row of parked cars, has been the focus of sometimes bitter controversy, mostly surrounding the circumstances of its installation last June. In March, a group of neighbors filed a lawsuit against the NYC Department of Transportation to have the lane removed. But Sunday was a day to set politics aside and enjoy a spring ride. Participants rallied at Grand Army Plaza and took their turns at cycling the length of the lane to Bartel-Pritchard Square.
“When I first started kicking around the idea of a family ride, I never imagined so many people would want to take part,” Sonies told Streetfilms. “It’s a real testament to the popularity of the lane.”
In the mean time, Streetfilms reported via twitter that this video had registered the highest number of visits ever in a 2-hour period.