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on the north- or southbound avenue and walk into the block. That’s OK for people like me, but there are people for whom 10 extra steps is not possible,” she said. “I mean, are we asking elderly people to be shut-ins for 15 months? I don’t think that’s acceptable.” While Glick said she would support a dedicated bus lane, she said passenger vehicle traffic cannot be eliminated from 14th St. “You will only make the side streets a parking lot,” she warned. Aaron Sugiura, DOT director of transit policy, said at the open house that it’s all a question of “balance.” “When the busway’s in effect,” he said, “some of the traffic will wind up on the side streets. We’re

trying to balance moving as many people as we can on the buses with managing the shifts on the side streets.” The shift to the side streets is “not something that DOT would ideally want to have happen,” he said. “This is in response to a subway closing down. Some of that pain borne by the local residents is additional traffic on the side streets. So, you know, we don’t see that being a forever condition.” When asked what mitigation plan the DOT has in place for the side streets, Sugiura said, “We’re at the outset of the discussions about what we’re going to be doing for the side streets.” The DOT will present the plan to the commuL TRAIN continued on p. 21

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Choresh Wald brought his son, Ofek, 3, and daughter, Noga, 4, to hear more about bicycling-safety improvements the plan will include, notably the two-way crosstown protected bike lane on 13th St. L TRAIN continued from p. 9

The side streets are not built to handle increased traffic, said Marcus, who is a member of the West 13th St. 100 Block Association. “You’re trying to stick a size 12 foot into a size 7 shoe — it’s not going to work,” he said. Similarly, Pesin said she has many concerns about the proposed plan, including where traffic will go when it is not allowed on 14th St. during the times it is a busway. “We anticipate that there will be more traffic on 13th St.,” she said. Pesin and her neighbors — as well as other residents on the surrounding side streets — have been asking why a promised DOT traffic study on 14th St. has yet to be released to the public. The DOT did not respond to questions about the traffic study. Another concern for Pesin is the proposed twoway bike lane on 13th St., which will narrow the traffic lane. “How are they going to pick up garbage?” she asked. “How does an ambulance get through? How’s it going to work? I just truly can’t figure it out.” For her part, Assemblymember Deborah Glick told this publication at the open house that the proposed two-way bike lane on 13th St. “will never have my support.” Glick said the L shutdown is “going to be difficult in any event. There are clearly going to be problems.” She raised the issue — as did Ruth Vasquez, the Stuy Town resident — about where people who live on the 14th St. will be dropped off when taking a cab or car. “I mean,” Glick said, “I suppose that from the DOT’s point of view, people could be dropped off NYC Community Media

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