A reminder that tonight is the bike lane/pedestrian island, etc. protest on 14th Street at First Avenue...
We all had a few things to say about this here. (147 comments!)
Last Friday, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer held a press conference on Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place to reveal results of an “unprecedented survey of bike lane safety.”
Stringer and company compiled during data during morning and evening rush hours between Oct. 5 and Oct. 7 And he found down here:
• Dooring (car doors opening as a cyclist approaches) – 19 infractions at St. Marks Place & Second Avenue; 77 total infractions
The Lo-Down was at the news conference and has a full report here.
Columnist Michael Goodwin didn't think much of Stringer's plan at the Post:
Cycle of stupidity
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer sent his staff out to stare at dopey bike lanes popping up all over town. They saw all kinds of what he called safety violations, ranging from taxis and pedestrians using the lanes to cyclists going the wrong way and running red lights.
His answer: a bigger bureaucracy and higher costs. Stringer wants better signs, a public-awareness campaign and strict enforcement by cops.
No thanks. The NYPD is cutting back on anti-terror teams because it doesn't have the cash. Further diluting the force by having cops patrol bike lanes makes about as much sense as the lanes themselves, which is zero.
How about using these experimental bike lane spotters like the one here on Fifth Street and First Avenue to crack down on law-breaking cyclists, motorists, pedestrians, skateboarders and Rite Aid shoppers...
There are signs up now offering some directions...
When are we getting lanes for unicyclists! These guys are psychos!