There were about 300 of "us", 25 cops, 50 people from the media and 25 of "them"
I feel bad for the anti-bike lane people. They say they do not feel safe with the bike lane there. They are entitled to their feelings but I want them to feel safe because they are safer. To cross Prospect Park West they have to only cross two lanes of cars (that are going slower) and then the bike lane. Before they get to the bike lane there is a 2 to 5 foot wide area they can wait to see if there are any bikes coming. When it is safe they can cross. This is not scary.
They also say that ALL bikers NEVER stop at red lights. Really, they used the words ALL and NEVER. Well that is not true. I usually stop at most lights. Anyway, If if were true their problem would be with bikers not the bike lane.
Also, some of the anti-bike lane protesters did not understand the law. A blinking yellow light and a sign that says "Yield" does not mean a biker has to stop if there is not pedestrians in the crosswalk.
I honestly think the anti-bike lane people are as about as close to the Tea Party as you can get in Park Slope. And they got Marty Markowitz on their side. Forgetaboutit.