Bike Lanes a "Religious Hazard'?

A controversy has erupted in Brooklyn over bike lanes, which are opposed by members of the Hasidic community on religious grounds [includes video].
December 9, 2009, 2pm PST | Michael Dudley
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Two groups are at odds over the streets of Brooklyn: New York cyclists, who object to the removal of bike lanes and Hasidic Jews in the the Williamsburg neighborhood who wanted the lanes removed, largely because of the informally-attired young women who cycled there. However, "guerrilla" line painters have struck back:

"The war over Williamsburg has taken yet another turn. In response to last week's removal of bike lanes in the traditionally Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn, a group of local bike riders took it upon themselves to repaint the lane lines running down Bedford Avenue. The Hasids had asked the city to remove the bike lanes from the neighborhood, claiming the influx of bikers posed a 'safety and religious hazard.' In an interesting twist, the group of guerrilla line painters reportedly included members of the Hasidic community who are not opposed to the lanes."

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Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 in Huffington Post
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