Eyes on the Street: U-Perpendicular-Park-in-the-Bike-Lane

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Reader Liam Quigley of Cyclosity fame sends this shot of the Grand Street bike lane on Saturday evening. He tells us the production company crew unloading this box truck between Bowery and Elizabeth stayed long enough to force at least five cyclists to ride up on the sidewalk and three others to ride into car traffic. That wasn’t enough to merit a ticket from the officers sitting nearby:

Two cops in a cruiser sitting on Grand and Bowery did nothing because they thought that it was a family moving not a production company. They got some food and drove away down Grand, with the U-Haul leaving about 5 minutes later.

I’m not sure it would have mattered if the police knew who was responsible. When it comes to pedestrian and cyclist safety, film crews and their vehicles seem to get a free pass.

  • J:Lai

    I have never liked or understood the city policy of encouraging location film shoots on city streets. It’s like a mini-eminent domain, with the city forcing everyone who lives on, works on, or otherwise uses the street to put up with the inconvenience without any compensation.
    I would much rather see production companies negotiate bilateral agreements with everyone who owns a home or business on the block they want to use.

  • Gilbert

    I’m 100% in favor of the film shoots on city streets. Equating it to eminent domain just goes to show J:Lai is too entitled. Too many people think any temporary convenience to them is an outrage. Bullocks. Films in our city contribute to the vibrancy of city life.

  • J:Lai

    I think a key argument is that it promotes the “NYC brand,” and thus indirectly promotes tourism. It probably has some effect in that regard, but I’m not convinced that it’s worth it.

  • Conrad

    The urge to defend our bike lanes is reasonable, but come on! My goodness. Eight cyclists were “inconvenienced”? We are on bikes. We are like water. We flow around the stones in the stream bed.
    The bike lane is a cage, anyway. I only use it for a bail-out lane. Ride long enough, and you’ll agree.

  • J:Lai

    Gilbert – are you one of the guys with the clipboards? Films contribute to the bottom line of the production company. If you think film sets contribute to vibrancy of life, you are probably on the wrong coast. by the way, I think you mean “bollocks”.

    BO – tourism is another area I don’t think the city should be promoting. Tourism seems like clearly a net negative economic impact.

    Conrad – that’s a slippery slope you are on. We all ride like that (because we have to), but bike lines with no enforcement are worse than no lanes at all.

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