Fulton Street businesses fight own BID over city’s bus-only lanes
BID: ‘Misinformation is being peddled to the businesses’
Dozens of business along Fulton Street in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill are fighting their own business improvement district over a city plan to take away parking spaces and add bus-only lanes in front of their stores.
The city says the bus-lanes will speed up snarled bus service for the roughly 20,000 riders who take the B25 and B26 lines every day, and transit advocacy groups like Riders Alliance and NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign applaud the plan, which will eliminate parking on Fulton Street — on the south side during the evening rush and on the north side during the morning rush.
Because of heavy traffic and double parking, buses traversing the stretch of Fulton Street between Lafayette and Grand avenues move roughly 7 to 8 miles per hour during rush hour, according to a Department of Transportation study.
Roughly 80 shopkeepers, however, petitioned Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop demanding that the city stop the project, arguing that the lanes will mess up deliveries and drive away customers. They also claim that the local business improvement district and the Department of Transportation made the decision to add the lanes without reaching out to them.