The Stupidest Bike Lane in America?

Slate takes the short ride down what one of its editors calls "the stupidest bike lane in America," which leads Los Angeles cyclists for about one block before dumping them into Westwood traffic. Know of any of these in New York?

  • ddartley

    One block long. That shouldn’t seem too exotic to New York cyclists; that’s the average length of Class II bike lanes run without being obstructed by a standing car.

  • Any bike lane that has cars/trucks blocking it most of the time?

  • da
  • Eric

    People on that block must’ve needed a place to put their trash cans on collection day. Or to pick up and drop off passengers.

  • Peter

    I’m pretty partial to this one in Brooklyn:

  • BicyclesOnly

    We’ve got bike lanes like that in NYC too:

    It seems that the guys sent out to stripe the lanes are not given guidance on how to end the lane at the terminus, and this is not a problem they typically face, so they improvise. Some of them just let the lane end abruptly, others try to come up with a way of doing it neatly. Right into the iron guardrail, not optimal.

  • tps12

    This one isn’t really dangerous, but the two-lane bike path through this little park in Bay Ridge amuses me.

  • sean

    It’s not really “stupid,” more like “practically useless,” but: the bike lane on Grand Street in Manhattan. 2 side parking, narrow as hell street, cars invariably in the lane on every block, idiot tourists walking at you…taking Houston is actually easier and safer.

  • curmudgeon

    Yeah, I know of one in New York:
    The one on Park Ave. in the Bronx, on the east side of the Metro North tracks. If you want to travel south from Fordham road, it leads you south, south, south, until it ends abruptly. A completely pointless bike lane that leads you into a multiple choice of dangerous choices. So think of this one when DOT or TA brag about how much mileage of bike lanes have been striped as a measure of “progress”.

    On the other hand, the northbound side of the Park Ave in the Bronx goes through and works pretty well, when cars aren’t using it as a driving lane to go around all the body shops using the right hand lane as shop space.

    Also winning my vote for useless: any north/south bound bike lane on a Manhattan Ave. Every other block you get to deal with the line of cars blocking the path as they wait for pedestrians. On 8th Ave. you get to deal with masses of pedestrians who think it’s a sidewalk north of 42nd st., and on any lane, you get the bike salmon who think that a bike lane means that the rules about going in the same direction as other traffic are suddenly suspended.

  • dporpentine

    My vote is the Bedford Ave. bike line in Brooklyn where Bedford meets Pacific and then Atlantic. You’re supposed to somehow first move from the right to the left and then quickly move back into the second of four regular car lanes before . . . drifting back to the left on the other side of Atlantic.
    No one–not the bikers, not the drivers, not the homeless guys that stand on the corner and watch or jeer–knows what to do. But everybody knows who’ll get hurt in the confusion: the biker.
    Still, all the lines are there. Very deliberately placed. That’s why it’s the stupidest: because it involved the most thought–bad thought.


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