"The bike lane on Prospect Park West is introducing a lot of new people to the idea that it's possible to use a bike in New York City for transportation to run an errand," Naperstek says. "This is what 21st century New York City looks like."
Indeed, the polls appear to support Naperstek, with 56% supporting and 39% opposed. But opponents are not conceding, and may have been encouraged by the fact that Hasidic Jews in were successful in getting a bike lane removed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
"We wanted a lane - the right kind of lane - that would keep everybody safe, that would keep the bikers safe," Lois Carswell, president of a group called Seniors for Safety says. "But we want it to be done the right way. And it has not been done the right way."