New Bleecker Bike Lane Already Blocked by Parked Cars

Streetsblog reader Dave Goldberg sends along a camera phone photo of the freshly striped Bleecker Street bike lane, shot between LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street. Goldberg notes:

I can’t say that the striping was universally respected. You can see from the background of the photo that there’s a car in the lane. Also, between Mercer and Broadway, there were two vehicles double parked in it. I guess we’ll see how well area drivers can adapt.

I guess. Based on the photo, this looks like it could have been a fine spot for a Copenhagen-style physically-protected bike lane. It’s a lot harder to double-park in one of those.

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