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03/18/2011 04:08 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Most New Yorkers Support Bike Lanes, Republicans Don't: Poll

There's been a significant backlash against the city's bike lanes.

But it turns out, most New Yorkers are rather fond of them, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey found that 54 percent of city voters say more bike lanes are good "because it's greener and healthier for people to ride their bicycles."

New York Republicans were much stingier with their praise. The poll found that 59 percent of GOPers think bike lanes are bad, "because it leaves less room for cars which increases traffic." Just 35 percent of Republicans gave the thumbs up to bike lanes. Those percentages were flipped for Democrats with 59 percent in favor, and 35 percent opposed.

Most of the controversy over the lanes has centered around the one on Prospect Park West. A politically well connected group filed a lawsuit against the city this month to have it removed.

But last night, Community Board 6's Transportation and Public Safety Committee "unanimously passed a resolution to move forward with the bike lane."

Arguably the most vocal, and certainly the most wacky critic of the Prospect Park lane is Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, although he probably has bigger concerns these days.

Hipsters and Hasidic Jews clashed over lanes in Williamsburg, back in 2009.