NYC wants to put bike lanes in South Williamsburg, but religious Jewish people there won’t allow it for religious and safety reasons. What are these reasons? The only religious reason I can think of is that they wouldn’t want people biking during Shabbat, but I can’t imagine they’d want people driving then either, right? And same with safety reasons — a fast bike could be dangerous, but a fast car is much more dangerous. The bike lane would be replacing a car lane, so whatever amount of religious/safety problems you’d get from bikes would be countered by fewer religious/safety problems from cars. Am I missing other religious/safety considerations?
Also, separate question: the main guy against these bike lanes in the article I linked to said “If the city wants to improve this neighborhood, let them give us a baby carriage lane.” This seems like a good idea, actually … Has the city considered closing down some Williamsburg streets to traffic and making them pedestrian-only?
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