Eyes on the Street: New Bike Path, Same Old Illegal Parking

NYPD Transportation Chief Thomas Chan's unit, overseeing illegally-parked minivans putting pedestrians and cyclists at risk. Photo: Robert Wright
NYPD Traffic officers had a great view of illegally-parked minivans last night in South Williamsburg. Photo: Robert Wright/Flickr

Well, that didn’t take long.

The paint is barely dry on the new two-way bike path on Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg, and drivers are using it as car storage for minivans. Again.

Robert Wright snapped a photo of cars blocking the bike lanes and sidewalk in full view of NYPD Traffic officers. “What’s the point of putting in a new bike lane if the police are essentially going to supervise its obstruction?” Wright asked in an email.

The bikeway should eventually include flexible posts, supposedly to keep cars out, before implementation wraps up. But without a more substantial barrier — and the revocation of consent from New York’s Finest — illegal and dangerous parking in the path of cyclists and pedestrians will probably continue.

  • Taliah

    I called 311 about this last night. An officer just called me about it now, told me I could go to a Community board meeting on October eighth. He said they didn’t ticket them because it was a holiday. I asked him if they ever ticket because it’s a reoccurring, dangerous problem and the lane is blocked like that often. He said that I was the first person to ever complain to 311 about it.

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