Van Bramer: Thumbtacks in bike lane ‘a new low’ in heated dispute

Mike Montone
November 29, 2018 - 2:09 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A dispute over bike lanes in Queens appears to have taken an ugly turn.

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On Thursday afternoon, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tweeted a picture of thumbtacks that were apparently left in a bike lane on 43rd Ave in Sunnyside.

Van Bramer called the act a "a new low and a violent and dangerous turn by those opposed to the bike lanes."

Van Bramer said a father on a ride with his kids in Sunnyside had his tires blown out. Calling it a criminal act, he said the NYPD has been asked to investigate.

"Yesterday on 43rd Ave I had a tire blowout on my bike and one one of the wheels in the bike cart I had my two children in," the man said. "All three were thumbtacks. This morning on the way to school I looked at the bike lane and saw thumbtacks scattered for the four blocks I traveled."

The presence of bike lanes in Sunnyside has been contentious.

Earlier this month a group called Queens Streets For All held a rally at Skillman and 43rd Ave, asking the DOT to address concerns with a new layout. They claim that bike lanes will prevent emergency vehicles from getting around.

“We are not waiting for there to be a tragic accident in our community,” Gary O’Neill, owner of Aubergine Cafe and a Queens Streets for All member told the Sunnyside Post.

“Many of us have put our life savings into our businesses and are now terrified for the future,” added Dorothy Morehead, a Queens Streets for All and Community Board 2 member.

Van Bramer said he was disgusted by the dangerous act, and that the bike lanes 'are not going away.'