Eyes on the Street: Parking Anarchy and Icy Biking

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We’ve got a few post-blizzard shots from the Streetsblog Flickr pool to share this afternoon. Reader BicyclesOnly took this pic of the Sands Street approach to the Manhattan Bridge, crammed full of parked cars this Sunday. Apparently, in the anything goes period after the blizzard, the bike path became a de facto parking lane and stayed that way after spots had thawed out on the other side. I rode in to work on this path yesterday and there were still a few cars stored on the westbound bikeway, pushing cyclists into traffic. The bridge itself was clear of snow, but a little constricted on the ramp up on the Brooklyn side.

If you’re looking for some inspiration to start all-weather biking, reader Benjamin Running submitted this shot of someone prepared to take on slushy Bedford Avenue after the storm. I’m guessing he’s not quite as decked out as this guide from the Toronto Star recommends (via Transportation Nation).

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And we’d be remiss not to point you to this video commentary, also from BicyclesOnly, about riding out the blizzard on two wheels and the relative practicality of cycling and driving in terrible winter weather.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I rode in to work on this path yesterday and there were still a few cars stored on the westbound bikeway, pushing cyclists into traffic.”

    I saw tickets on the windshield of those cars when I rode by.

  • Barnard

    I rode in on Sands this morning, and it was clear of cars and snow (mostly).

  • JamesR

    Another thing that apparently became acceptable during after the storm was shovelling snow directly into the street by motorists cleaning off their cars. The result was huge mounds of snow in the portion of the street normally occupied by cyclists – i.e. just left of the door zone. Not cool at all.

  • It was as much “Carmageddon” as “Snowmageddon.”

  • Scott

    People just seem to have lost their minds, like all parking rules ceased to exist because of the snow.

    In the last couple days, I’ve seen a lot more parking in front of the driveway next door and fire hydrant out front than I have in months before this.

  • mike

    “….was shovelling snow directly into the street by motorists cleaning off their cars”

    @JamesR – this is actually illegal.

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