On the heels of the controversial Prospect Park bike lane proposal comes a new plan which would create separate stroller lanes on Park Slope streets. The plan was developed after years of complaints about strollers taking up too much room on the area’s narrow sidewalks. The proposal, authored by a local group called Park Slope Childless Hipsters, calls for creating several lanes dedicated to strollers.
“It’s a win-win for the community,” stated PSCH member Bret Freider, an unemployed tattoo artist. “Since strollers are vehicles, they belong on the street with bikes, cars and trucks.”
Some local mothers are not happy with the plan.
“It’s not wide enough,” said Park Slope mother Amber Jameson, who recently gave birth to twins. “How am I supposed to push my double-wide while walking with my mommy friends as we chat about lattes and Lost?”
Bikers are upset because it now forces them to either ride in traffic or invent a levitation device.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is against the stroller lane proposal, citing his car-owning constituents as the reason. He argued that adding stroller lanes would cause more traffic congestion in Park Slope. At a recent Community Board 6 meeting, Markowitz proposed an alternative plan that would eliminate sidewalks all together and create additional lanes for automobiles.
“If you ask me, Brooklynites should take cars everywhere. Get a car seat for the baby and drive. That’s what cars are for,” stated Markowitz.
Community Board 6 will take up the issue at a public meeting next month.