Hipsters repaint bike lanes in brush off to Hasids

By | December 15, 2009

Hipsters repaint bike lanes in brush off to Hasids

Groups of bicycle-riding vigilantes have been repainting 14 blocks of Williamsburg roadways ever since the city sandblasted their bike lanes away last week at the request of the Hasidic community.

The Hasids, who have long had a huge enclave in the now-artist-haven neighborhood, had complained that the Bedford Avenue bike paths posed both a safety and religious hazard.

Scantily clad hipster cyclists attracted to the Brooklyn neighborhood made it difficult, the Hasids said, to obey religious laws forbidding them from staring at members of the opposite sex in various states of undress. These riders also were disobeying the traffic laws, they complained.

Two cycling advocates were apprehended by the Shomrim Patrol, a Hasidic neighborhood watch group, as they repainted a section of bike lane at 3:30 a.m. yesterday, but when cops arrived, no one was arrested and no summonses were issued, police said.

“These people should apply for a job at the DOT,” neighborhood activist Isaac Abraham said of the repainting. “You put it on, they take it off — and they will probably do this again.”

A Department of Transportation spokesman said: “We will continue to work with any community on ways we can make changes to our streets without compromising safety.”

A source close to Mayor Bloomberg said removing the lanes was an effort to appease the Hasidic community just before last month’s election.

Abraham contends the bike lanes put children at risk of getting hit by cars or bicycles as they exited school buses.

But Baruch Herzfeld, who has tried to bridge the gap between hipsters and Hasids with a bike-rental program, said safety is not the issue so much as xenophobia. …

via Hipsters repaint bike lanes in brush off to Hasids – NYPOST.com.

One thought on “Hipsters repaint bike lanes in brush off to Hasids

  1. sciencerules

    Their _religion_ says they can’t look at “scantily clad hipster cyclists”, so the cyclists have to go?

    How is that different from banning the Burkha?

    How about _my_ religion says I shouldn’t have to look at advertisements for Jesus all over the place. After all, it might tempt me into Christianity – the easy way out, to think that Death isn’t the end of everything but I can live forever, if I’m good and believe a whole bunch of nonsense with no supporting evidence.

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