A bunch of bicycle racks have popped up – literally overnight – along Paerdegat Avenue North, specifically at the corners of Paerdegat 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Streets, and residents in the Paerdegat section of Canarsie are not happy! Community Board 18 District Manager Sue Ann Partnow said her office received several complaints about the unwanted bike racks, and she is working with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse to resolve the issue, meaning to remove the unwanted racks.
Partnow says that residents would like to see more parking spots, not bike racks. “Everybody here pretty much has a car – two, maybe even three,” she said. “It’s bad enough that you have a bike lane over there because nobody really bikes on this end of Brooklyn.”
She told the DOT that it’s okay to put bike racks on Seaview Avenue, near Canarsie Park, as bikers may want to chain up their bikes while relaxing in the park, but the racks starting at Paerdegat 1st Street and continuing along Paerdegat Avenue North, are not a necessity.
DOT said that they will “assess and explore potential solutions that can address both issues in a satisfactory manner.” For Paerdegat residents, hopefully that means more parking spots!