‘Tis the season for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to take a light-hearted swipe at the city’s bike lane craze.
Markowitz, a fierce opponent of the new two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West, sent out thousands of cards depicting the thoroughfare carved up into a packed car lane, bike lane, walking lane, sitting lane, lovers lane and even a “holiday only lane.”
Inside were lyrics to his own version of “My Favorite Things,” which he also sang at a City Council hearing on bike lanes: “Let’s not forget cars, it’s getting insane/Welcome to Brooklyn ‘The Borough of Lanes.'”
“It’s showing the extreme of what could be if we continue to reengineer our city streets,” Markowitz said. “You’ll notice that of all the lanes, the car lane is the narrowest.”
The song earned Markowitz a Borough Hall visit Thursday from Time’s Up pro-bike carolers who put their own spin on holiday classics. “Bikes to the World, from Brooklyn to Queens! The lanes are here to stay!” they sang.
City Transportation Commissioner – and bike supporter – Janette Sadik-Khan took a different message from the chaotic scene pictured on the card.
“The borough president’s holiday card clearly shows significant improvements in reindeer traffic compared to last year’s card,” she said.
“The card’s accommodation of all modes of holiday travel points to an even happier holiday for Brooklyn residents.”