Happy Halloween From Clarence the Purple Traffic Wizard

Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson took to the streets in costume to check on the progress of DOT’s new 9th Avenue physically separated bike lane. The pleasant surprises continue as new signs, markings and cyclist-oriented traffic signals have recently appeared. Although driver behavior continues to improve, there are still a few problems to highlight, as well.

If you enjoyed this Clarence Special (or, at least, were not frightened by it) check out the others in the series: Clarence: The Traffic Calming Sasquatch & Clarence: The Traffic Calming Maniac. Happy Halloween!

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