Councilmember attempts doomed-to-fail ‘Schermerhorn Challenge,’ calls for protected bike lanes

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Late last year, Twitter user @NYCBikeLanes issued the “Schermerhorn Challenge” — throwing down the gauntlet and daring cyclists to ride the entirety of the Schermerhorn Street bike lane without ever leaving the lane, with a $100 prize to any victorious pedal-pusher.

On Jan. 31, northern Brooklyn’s new councilmember, Lincoln Restler, decided to give the challenge a try — suiting up in winter attire and boarding a Citi Bike for the seven-block ride between Third Avenue and Clinton Street.

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