For Bikes' Sake! Blocked Bike Lanes a Big Problem in NYC

cyclist weaves around a commercial vehicle blocking a bike lane in new york city

Vehicles illegally blocking bike lanes are most rampant in downtown Manhattan and in Brownstone, Brooklyn, according to new data.

Lanes in areas like the West Village, Boerum Hill and Park Slope, have received the highest concentration of complaints filed through a feature added to 311 last fall, which has been analyzed by amNewYork.

map of blocked bike lane complaints in new york city

Since Oct. 19 of last year, almost 1,000 complaints have been logged across the city, the majority of which are closed without police enforcement.

It’s a small sample size that experts and city officials urged to be presented with proper caveats, but it’s also the first data-driven look into what many agree is a serious safety issue.

Sarah Nesheim, a recent New York University graduate and Citi Bike member, said she began using the bike share for her daily commute from her Alphabet City home to Herald Square because it’s the fastest and cheapest option. But it’s also a bit nerve-rattling.

“Every time I have to swerve out of a lane, I’m taking a risk,” said Nesheim, who recalled close encounters with cars as she pulled a Citi Bike from its dock in Greenwich Village. Her usual ride takes her up Sixth Avenue’s bike lane, which she said is packed with double-parked vehicles. Read the rest of the article...

Blocked bike lane data, from 10/19/2016 to 1/14/2017:

  • 990 complaints

  • Majority of complaints logged in Manhattan and Brooklyn

  • 16.5 percent of cases were closed with police action taken

  • 37.2 percent of complaints logged during peak hours

  • Advocates warn to take data with grain of salt

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