Your Post-Stella Thread to Report Bridge Path/Bike Lane/Sidewalk Snow

The Brooklyn Bridge promenade. Photo: NYC DOT
The Brooklyn Bridge promenade. Photo: NYC DOT

Crews were out during the storm yesterday clearing NYC’s bridge paths and protected bike lanes — and we have the proof! Thanks, Twitter.

Our snow clearance Achilles’ heel remains the legal no-man’s-land where sidewalks transition to roadbeds, which everyone has to cross but no one is required to clear.

A lot of bus stops are still buried, too…

The city isn’t taking 311 complaints about sidewalk conditions, but you can vent to Streetsblog. Tell us all about your post-Stella walking and biking travails in the comments. (Sneckdown fanatics — you’ll get your fix in a separate post, promise.)

  • Alan

    Grand Street’s PBL looks uncleared as of my morning

    commute.

  • Vooch

    First Avenue from 50th to 70th:

    75% plowed but black ice everywhere. Too dangerous to ride. Yesterday was better, deep slush but no black ice

  • Jeff

    I’d recommend cycling over walking. At least on your bike you can ride the coattails of motorists, so to speak, and use the streets that have been so meticulously and expediently cleared for them.

    I don’t know how pedestrians put up with the conditions on the sidewalks, especially curb cuts at intersections. I say just walk in the roadbed, and if any motorist has a problem with it, hand them a damn snow shovel and tell them to get to work!

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    East River Greenway south of Pike St has spots of pure ice this AM, and is blocked off with barriers at the Tin Building. Sands Street clear of snow but blocked by illegal parking between Gold and Navy as usual.

  • Larry Littlefield

    My question is whether or not it will be safe to bike from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn to Midtown tomorrow. So far the answer seems to be yes.

  • John C.

    My ride from Williamsburg to Midtown: Surface streets generally ok (stay away from plowed snow and take the lane), Pulaski bike lanes a mess (no salt, lots of ice), Queensboro bridge close (plowed, no salt, icy stretches)

  • jeremy

    Biked from East williamsburg through Queens and QB bridge. Pretty smooth, but on/off ramp of the QB bridge is totally unplowed. A little ice or slush isnt a problem on a bike.

  • Larry Littlefield

    PPW bike path looked OK, but the Manhattan Bridge bike path looked iced over from the train. Anyone see the Brooklyn Bridge?

  • Urbanely

    I’ve found that motorists are relatively accommodating of pedestrians in the street during these icy conditions. I don’t understand the lack of sidewalk clearance. I live in a residential area and lots of people didn’t shovel at all (and they never do). There’s a small city garden strip with an adjacent sidewalk that never gets plowed.

  • KeNYC2030

    Columbus Ave. bike lane at 94th St. totally impassable as of 6 pm last night. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b82d478530d58bbf06b1a1966fcb1819df1fdd84d267c940f24ede9b64be7351.jpg

  • anon

    Idea for legislation: Property owners larger than 2 family homes should be required to shovel, clear and salt the entire sidewalk at their property, including curb cuts. All corner property owners must clear the curb cuts and creat a path 6 feet wide and 4 feet into the cross walk. If this can’t get passed in every county, at least in New York County (Manhattan). It’s absurd that large building, businesses, properties can get away with shoveling a 2 foot path and piling the snow at the corners, curb cuts and cross walks. Enough already!

  • Joe R.

    Given the inconsistency I see where some property owners shovel near useless 2 foot paths while other shovel the entire sidewalk, I think any system which depends upon private property owners to clear sidewalks is doomed to failure. Remember business owners have the same problems getting work as anyone else during a heavy snow. If they can’t get to work they obviously can’t shovel the sidewalks in front of their business. And some private home owners are too elderly or frail to shovel. Some don’t have the means to pay people to shovel for them. Besides that, it’s not like people go up and down every block hiring themselves out for snow shoveling. Finally, some people might be out of town when it snows. They can’t shovel if they’re not here. Fines for not shoveling won’t help much, either. We don’t have the manpower to consistently enforce shoveling regulations.

    I’d rather just make clearing sidewalks and curb cuts a municipal responsibility just like clearing streets. It can be done much faster and more consistently with proper equipment like mini snow blowers. Homeowners would still have to shovel their driveways and walkways. but their sidewalks would be cleared by the city.

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