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December 20, 2009

Williamsburg Bike-Lane Protesters ‘Not Trying To Start War’; Change Minds As Snow Falls

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Williamsburg Bike-Lane Protesters ‘Not Trying To Start War’; Change Minds As Snow Falls

Bicyclists who planned to be appropriately dressed to protest the removal of the Williamsburg Brooklyn bike lane changed their minds as they (all 20 of them) rolled into tonight’s snowstorm.

But according to a report by Gothamist, it wasn’t just the snow and cold weather that kept the protesters clothed. One of the ride’s organizers, Heather Loop, had previously taken a confrontational stance toward the South Williamsburg Chasidic community, telling the Brooklyn Paper, “If you can’t handle scantily clad women…live in a place where you can have your own sanctuary, like upstate.” But tonight Loop and others backpedaled their provocation. “We’re not trying to start a war, we’re trying to save a bike lane,” Loop told Gothamist

The protest began with a dedication to bicyclists who’ve been killed and injured in traffic accidents. Then it was off into the snow, with photographers, news trucks, and the NYPD on hand to catch any provocation.

The neighborhood’s Chasidic residents barely seemed to notice.

(Source: Gothamist / NBC New York)

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=43555

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