Fort Greene Bike Shops at Forefront of Emerging Two-Wheeled Trend

Spotlight on two neighborhood small businesses catering to a new kind of commuter.

When it comes to the city's emerging love affair with the bicycle, it seems Fort Greene is leading the way.

In an article in Crain's New York Business Monday on a citywide trend of specialized bike shops, Lafayette Avenue's and on Myrtle Avenue got props for being on the forefront of what some say is a revolution in the way people get to work, school and the store.

And a key ingredient to these shops' success, according to Bespoke owner Jon Pastir?

"The new bike lanes definitely helped,” Pastir told Crain's.

In recent months, bike lanes have popped up on Willoughby Avenue in Fort Greene-Clinton Hill and along Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights.

However, the city's largesse in terms of bicycle right-of-ways has not yet extended to the street Bespoke calls home. 

A plan to install a bike lane on Lafayette Avenue due to lack of support among key members of Community Board 2—though the idea could be revived at some point in the future.


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