So I am reading in the Huffington Post about how New York Transportation Department removed bike lanes on a major street in Williamsburg, a neighborhood of the borough of Brooklyn, New York in what was officially a "minor readjustment of the bicycle network." The real reason, however was due to the complaints from the very traditional Hasidic community who had "asked the city to remove the bike lanes from the neighborhood, claiming the influx of bikers posed a 'safety and religious hazard.'"
"Last year the religious group complained to the community board that many of the young, female cyclists who rode through the neighborhood were 'hotties,' who 'ride in shorts and skirts,' both of which are against their dress code."
"According to the New York Post, 'a source close to Mayor Bloomberg said removing the lanes was an effort to appease the Hasidic community just before last month's election.'"
So the city removed the bike lane stripes, and presumably the streets would be rid of those objectionable fashions.
In defiance to the efforts to impose a dress code for the neighborhood, young hipsters have taken it upon themselves to re-paint the bike lanes, claiming that the removal of bike lanes on this particular street removed a key connection to the Williamsburg bridge. See the link below for the YouTube video of the actions of the pro-bicyclists who repainted the bike lanes: