[Video below.] Sources report that police arrested two men suspected of attempting to repaint the recently-removed Bedford Avenue bike lane yesterday morning in Williamsburg.
According to tipsters, Shomrim responded to reports at around 4 a.m. that two men were using spraypaint to recreate a section of the bike lane, which the Department of Transportation controversially removed from a 14-block stretch of Bedford Avenue last week. Police arrived at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Rutledge Street and arrested two suspects, sources said.
That story lines up pretty well with postings on Twitter. According to Williamboard, cycling activists had already repainted some of the recently-removed bike lane late last week: “A few hipsters took on the initiative and repainted the Bedford av bike lane with paint and brushes late Friday night and it looks pretty charming.”
A spokesman from the NYPD’s press office said he had not been briefed on the reported arrests and that crimes of this nature aren’t always brought to the attention of his office. Sources at Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct did not immediately respond to calls.
Click below for a video of the bike lanes being painted in middle of the night:
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