Updated 02/04/2011 01:38 PM
Markowitz Rides Bike Lane Argument During State Of The Borough Address
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Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz used his State of the Borough Address Thursday night to slam the city's aggressive bike lanes initiative.
Markowitz entered the event on a tricycle, joking that the city is even trying to create a bike lane in the auditorium of Sunset Park High School.
Markowitz has been an outspoken critic of the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane.
At his crowded State of the Borough event, he once again made his position known.
"For the majority of New Yorkers, it is simply not feasible to make bicycles their primary mode of transport. And unfortunately, that's the direction I believe the city's policy is heading," said Markowitz. "They are trying to stigmatize car owners and get them to abandon their cars, when the fact is, even many bicyclists also own cars. Cycling is no substitute for mass transit. And there are still tens of thousands of Brooklynites who live far from public transportation and who rely on a car to reach their jobs and live their lives."
Markowitz also used his address to announce some new initiatives -- including a partnership with IBM to develop a six-year public school technology program at Paul Robeson High School.
"The school will allow students from that community to go from ninth grade through two years of college in a program designed by New York City College of Technology,” said Markowitz. “Now the message that this sends to the students in that neighborhood – Kingsborough Houses, Albany Houses, Weeksville Houses – is that you deserve the best."
The borough president led the cheer to bring in another technology giant to set up shop in Brooklyn. He's looking for a tenant for the municipal building at 210 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn and is hoping to lure Apple or Panasonic.
"If you moved here, Panasonic you would immediately become the signature company. We wouldn't just be Kings County any more; we'd be Panasonic County, as well,” he said.
And in a joint venture with the city, Markowitz pledged more than a million dollars to help set up a food centric small business incubator in central Brooklyn to help budding entrepreneurs. The Economic Development Corporation is now accepting proposals to develop and run the business incubator. Bids are due by April 8th.