Dear Streetsbloggers: How Do You Spread the Word About Bike Lane Rules?

To assist in the ongoing effort to better articulate a set of social norms for the endless variety of circumstances one encounters on city streets, we’re passing on this request from a reader. "Midtown Biker" asks for advice on the best way to handle these situations:

  1. Another biker is riding the wrong way on a one-way street (West 90th Street) and
    hogging the bike lane. I tried "Please ride with the traffic" and got cursed at.
  2. I’m riding in a bike lane. A car cuts me off, then stops short,
    double-parking in the bike lane. The street is now impassable. I tried, "Please
    don’t block the bicycle lane." The doorman from the driver’s apartment building
    said to the driver, "You do whatever you want. You want to park here, don’t
    listen to him." Any suggestions?


Lauren Davis was killed by a turning driver on Classon Avenue last April. Photo: Family of Lauren Davis

Instead of a Classon Avenue Bike Lane, Bed-Stuy Electeds Want a Street Where No One Rides Bikes

On Thursday, DOT announced plans to paint a bike lane on Classon Avenue, the northbound one-way street where a left-turning driver killed Lauren Davis as she rode her bike to work last April. As bicycle infrastructure goes, it's the bare minimum -- some stripes and stencils to designate space for biking, with no changes to moving lanes or parking. But that hasn't stopped a group of local officials from coming out against it.

Check Out Pittsburgh’s New Bicycle “Merge Lane”

Transitions where streets suddenly change are a tricky part of bike lane design. Here’s how street designers in Pittsburgh handled the transition where a two-way bike lane ends at a T-intersection — with a “merge lane” for cyclists turning right across motor vehicle traffic. Bike PGH is enthusiastic about the new design: Have you had a chance to […]