Author Robert Sullivan, who writes provocative bicycling op-ed pieces for the Times when he's not writing about rats and the American Revolution, has a suggestion to solve the ongoing tension between cyclists and pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge walkway. He proposes that the city ban bicycles entirely from the walkway, and shift them down to the motor vehicle roadways by creating physically protected bike lanes.

It's a bold idea, and surely one that would be welcomed by pedestrians tired of being terrorized by speeding cyclists. But will bike riders feel ghettoized? Last time Sullivan tried to arrange detente between cyclists and pedestrians, a classic flame war reliably ensued. This time, let's try weighing the merits of Sullivan's proposal by direct democracy: