Brooklyn, NY: Bay Ridge’s Anti-Bike Cold War Starting to Melt (War on Cars Watch)

In the midst of a wide expansion of bike lanes across the five boroughs, Bay Ridge is, in the words of one Community Board 10 meeting attendee, “frozen in time.”

A thaw might be coming this spring.

More than 25 members of the public — commercial van drivers, concerned parents with their 11-year-old children, retirees, and commuters, all of whom identified themselves as cyclists — attended a widely unheralded CB10 subcommittee last Tuesday that revealed some common ground with the Southern Brooklyn board.

It didn’t start out that way, of course. This is a community board, of course, that has shot down many a bike proposal, leaving Bay Ridge unsafe and cut off. As the meeting started, prospects looked bleak, as the subcommittee offered a dose of 1990.