2009-12-08 Removal of Bedford Bike Lanes

EVENT ADVISORY

Contacts: Benjamin Shepard – 917 586 7952
Barbara Ross - 917 494 8164, press@times-up.org

TIME’S UP! CLOWN BRIGADE LEADS BICYCLE “FUNERAL PROCESSION” TO MOURN THE REMOVAL OF BIKE LANES FROM BEDFORD AVENUE

Mayor Bloomberg panders to motorists who prefer free parking over safe bikes lanes for Williamsburg’s large cycling community

Time’s Up! Bicycle Funeral Procession &
Vigil for Bedford Avenue Bike Lane
Sunday, December 13, 2009
2pm - Meet on the Brooklyn side entrance of the Williamsburg Bridge
3pm - Ride will end at a Vigil for the bike lane at Bedford Ave & Wallabout St

New York, NY (December 8, 2009) -- On Sunday, December 13th, the Time's Up! Bicycle Clown Brigade, defenders of NYC bike lanes, will join other cyclists in a New Orleans-style “funeral procession” followed by a vigil, for the 14 blocks removed from the Bedford bike lane.  Harnessing the power of the cycling community, they will perform a mock ceremony to resurrect the section of the missing bike lane between Flushing & Division avenues in South Williamsburg.

“The Mayor is backpedaling on his promise to green the city and ripping out our beloved bike lanes from under us.  Bike lanes need to be improved, not removed,” says Time’s Up! volunteer, Barbara Ross.

The Bicycle Clowns will use theater to draw attention to the serious danger faced by cyclists without safe, protected bike lanes.

“According to a recent Hunter College study there is a 60% chance of a cyclist being obstructed by a car in a bike lane.  Instead of taking away the bike lanes, the Mayor should be pushing the NYPD to enforce the laws against parking in the bike lane,” explained Hank 'Tears of a Clown’ Clown, aka Benjamin Shepard.