09 December 2009

Hasids vs Hotties in Bike Lane Paint Duel

So I heard that some bike lanes were removed in New York. Over a year ago I blogged about the Hasidic communities objections to bicycle lanes over at Copenhagen Cycle Chic.

As the New York Post reported back then and as only the Post can formulate it:

"It's the Hasids vs. the hotties in a Brooklyn bike war.

Leaders of South Williamsburg's Hasidic community said yesterday that bike lanes that bring scantily clad cyclists - especially sexy women - peddling through their neighborhood are definitely not kosher.

The red-faced religious sect is calling on city officials to eliminate the car-free lanes on Wythe and Bedford avenues, and to delay construction of a new one planned for Kent Avenue."

The lanes were removed because of alleged appeasement from Mayor Bloomberg up to the recent elections.

Now the NY Post is reporting:
Hipsters repaint bike lanes in brush off to Hasids

Groups of bicycle-riding vigilantes have been repainting 14 blocks of Williamsburg roadways ever since the city sandblasted their bike lanes away last week at the request of the Hasidic community.

The Hasids, who have long had a huge enclave in the now-artist-haven neighborhood, had complained that the Bedford Avenue bike paths posed both a safety and religious hazard.

Scantily clad hipster cyclists attracted to the Brooklyn neighborhood made it difficult, the Hasids said, to obey religious laws forbidding them from staring at members of the opposite sex in various states of undress. These riders also were disobeying the traffic laws, they complained.

The whole story awaits you here.