Is CB 8 Angling to Get Rid of Bike Lanes on 91st Street?

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Almost six months after DOT installed "controversial" new cross-town bike lanes on the Upper East Side, Manhattan’s Community Board 8, which opposed the city’s plan for lanes on 91st Street, has formed a "91st Street Task Force."

Of particular concern last year was the feared intrusion of cyclists into a section of 91st Street, between Second and Third Avenues, that has been closed to cars for decades. When the Task Force held a meeting earlier this month, item one on the agenda was: "The different designations available for streets that are closed to traffic, with their precise legal definition."

Streetsblog called CB 8 to ask about the committee but did not get a call back.

In other news, a centuries-old chunk of Antarctic ice shelf seven times the size of Manhattan disintegrated today. Scientists cite "rapid climate change in a fast-warming region of Antarctica" as the cause of the collapse.

Photo: bicyclesonly/Flickr

  • The bike lane is already blocked by construction which is allegedly for the 2nd Ave Subway. So maybe they’re just hoping that everyone will forget about the bike lane if the subway ever gets finished.

    But I live on 91st Street. How do I become a member of this “Task Force”?

  • Contact the Community board office – http://www.CB8M.com.

    Ask for the minutes of the last meeting and to be updated on future meeting dates, which usually appear a few days before the end of the month.

  • mike

    You can be sure that they are scheming to get the bike lane removed. Co-Chair of their Committee is Rita Popper. Some of her public comments are below:

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2007/08/14/video-demonstrates-dangers-of-upper-east-side-bike-lane-plan/#comment-35524

    see also her comments on the NY Sun website:
    Benches line the curb of E. 91st St. between 2nd and 3 Ave. Seniors occupy the benches. When a senior or anyone, as a matter of fact, gets up off the bench they will be literally standing in the bike path. Statistics prove that a broken bone in an elderly person could exascerbate an early demise. The handicapped entrance to Ruppert Park that abuts 91st is also on 91st St. Ruppert Park does not allow ball playing. The only place our children can safely play is on this closed enclave. We understand that bicyclists need bike paths. When does the Department of Transportation understand that pedestrians also need some protection? A bike path where Senior Citizens, handicapped people and children play is counterintuitive. Rita Popper President Knickerbocker Plaza Tenants’ Association

  • Paul

    I propose we ban cars on 50% of all the streets, or or 50% of each street. Who’s with me? Hell yeah! Party!

  • Isaac

    Scott Stringer needs to put some hurt on this Community Board. These people are just awful.

  • I sat across from Rita Popper at the DoT Upper East Side Workshop on Residential parking permits. As she invariably does, she repeatedly hijacked the discussion to press her unfounded complaints that the DoT doesn’t give CB8 enought “respect”, that congestion pricing is fundamentally unfair, and that bicycling is given favored treatment over all other modes under the current DoT. These are the same complaints she has raised, ad naseuam, at every CB8 Transpo committee meeting I’ve attended (whether or not those issues were on the agenda, or currently up for discussion). She constantly interrupts and attempts to filibuster and bully others at these meetings. At one meeting, she showed up sniffling, demanded that the agenda immediately be modified so she could leave early to tend to her cold, monopolized discussion while there with her same old agenda (peppered with gratuitous insults toward bicyclists generally), and then walked out without even seeing if anyone had a different view. I have spent years as a community, labor and electoral organizer in New York City, I have never encountered another adult with such an utter and manifest lack of respect for the people sitting across from them in a political meeting as Rita Popper.

    The only statements Popper made at the Parking Workshop that were even arguably on point were her disclosures that she keeps two cars, one privately garaged and other on the street. Tells you where her head is at. I’ll bet anything she’s got a CB8 parking placard.

  • Jason A

    So Ms. Popper owns and operates two cars in the city and insists bikes (!?) are keeping kids from playing in the streets? Words fail me.

  • somebody

    fyi… Rita Popper’s term expires in April 2009, as does Jonathan Horn:

    http://mbpo.org/uploads/2008-2007%20CB%20Appointment%20list1.pdf

  • smv

    The 91st Street bike path is a FANTASTIC opportunity for the Carnegie Hill / Yorktown community to enhance property values, encourage healthy outdoor activities, and link Carl Schurz Park to Central Park. Most importantly, bike paths work not only for bicycles — but for pedestrians as well!

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