Tuesday, May 6, 2008
This NYC bike lane stuff pisses me off
The bike lanes in NYC
So here we have some trouble a brewin' in NYC with the new bike lanes. Not surprisingly, drivers aren't respecting them. Double parked trucks, inconsiderate drivers ::gasp:: and a myriad of other obstacles have appeared in having a seamless integration of the new bike routes. Much of those troubles were to be expected, I don't think it's necessarily earth-shattering to think trucks would double park and obscure the lane of travel.
So some renegade cyclists came along and decided, unlawfully, to spray paint additional messages into the lane, hoping to add greater visibility, to contribute to the acceptance that they're there, they're staying, and darn it, move your car/truck from my lane of travel. So what was the solution? Spray paint heart-bicycle images and called it a LOVE LANE. This pisses me off.
How can cyclists concurrently be complaining about lawfullness while breaking the law? How can they be concurrently complaining about poor signage while sloppily spraypainting a clown on a bicycle?
How can they be complaining about drivers, et al taking the lanes seriously while applying the moniker, "Love Lane"?
I believe the DOT has already recognized that they need to be painted differently, in some cases painting the lanes green. If drivers or other people randomly started adding their messages to the lanes, I doubt we'd be too happy, so why start the trend? Increase enforcement of the $115 fine (where does that money go anyway?) and let's all take this seriously.
Clowns on bicycles indeed.
Posted by Jenni at 5:16 PM