NYPD: Still Blocking Bike Lanes

East Village: Given the angle of this parking job, it looks like someone's been watching "Kojak."

What strikes me about the Cops in Bike Lanes Tumblr, which we first wrote about last week, is the variety. Cruisers, vans, motorcycles, scooters — regardless of vehicle type, NYPD will leave it in the path of cyclists.

Unfortunately, given NYPD’s utter disregard for public safety, there’s no shortage of material. Send your photos and stories to copsinbikelanes@gmail.com. Be sure to include the date and where the pic was taken.

Ninth Avenue, Manhattan: If you didn't know better, you might think this was deliberate.

Manhattan Bridge bike path: Blocking a bike lane at a blind corner? NYPD is on it.
  • J

    Perhaps the law about not parking in the bike lanes is also too “complex” for the NYPD.

  • LuisD

    …How? How do they get away with this? Can’t you call the police and inform them of the situation with the license plate of the vehicle at fault? If they start getting hundreds of calls about this every day, maybe they’ll start acting.

    Here in Montreal, if anyone blocks a bike path, a quick call to the police will get someone down there to ticket and/or tow in 5 minutes flat. I make at least half a dozen such calls every year. It works.

  • Parent

    That’s a mom and kid in the top photo, not the stereotypical hipster-bike messenger-Occupy-Wall-Street-vegetarian-hippie the cops must think represent all cyclists. So that about sums up the level or respect Ray Kelly’s NYPD has for mothers and children, at least those who don’t use cars.

  • Mark Walker

    Not a very good job of serving and protecting.

  • Robert Wright

    On my way home from work last night, I came upon the van that that Tumblr has identified as a repeat blocker of the bike lane at Hoyt/Schermerhorn. I think I also had to navigate round the interceptor on the Manhattan Bridge. I come across so many – once pretty much every commuting leg – that I’ve more or less tuned it out. It’s stupid, it’s inconsiderate and it sends the (accurate but unhelpful) message to other violators of the bike lanes that the police don’t care.

    It really would be great to get a new police commissioner. One who cared about the wellbeing of New Yorkers would be nice but I don’t want to be unrealistic.

  • Anonymous

    You’d have to replace so much of the police force to get rid of the bullies and power junkies not too mention the lazy ones that just want a pension.

  • Dan Berkman

    Does anyone think this is going to make any difference? They could be putting these pictures up on billboards in Times Square and it still wouldn’t matter. Your average cop drives all the time and could maybe give half a crap about bike lanes or bikes. To get any traction here, you’d have to really walk back the militarized-terror-fighting-hippie-punching culture at the NYPD and that’s a really long walk.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a perk for the police. It’s a morale booster. It’s nice being able to park wherever the f you want. How would they actually crack down? Giving tix to themselves?

  • Daniel

    Nope! They are city employees, fire them! Much more effective than a ticket.

  • Anonymous

    These exercises can be quite useful: Transportation Alternatives was pretty successful in drawing attention to the NYPD’s use of Chinatown streets as parking lots a few years ago. http://transalt.org/news/media/729

  • Clarke

    Look at these photos after watching the film about Groningen for maximum depressive effects.

  • KillMoto

    Ninja Rocks

  • KillMoto

    Wish I owned a tow truck

  • Anonymous

    We have been over this the NYPD can’t break the law. They are the law!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miVoe7U6Lx4&t=0m28s

  • That’s not a walk it’s the Iditarod on stilts.

  • I love Canadians.

  • Hammy

    Donate your time become an auxiliary. Have fun looking for a legal parking spot. All city vehicles are exempt from parking rules. It’s in the NYC charter.

  • Andrew

    Wasn’t in the charter a week ago, still isn’t in the charter today.


    By the way, given that the vehicles are parked illegally, it almost seems like the first two, at least, are deliberately placed to block the bike lane even though than parked illegally outside the bike lane.

  • Hammy

    If you read that whole charter God bless you. I was advised this by a dept. lawyer. But if you want you can come in sign up for a ride along and tell me where to park all day long. Hopefully that can release this fetish tension of where the police park.

  • Cops in Bike Lanes

    Doubt it, but I’m still gonna try.


How to Stop NYPD From Blocking Bike Lanes

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