Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lowest Lane

From Raw Story and New York Magazine, Casey Niestat, a Manhattan cyclist, proves that a law requiring cyclists to only ride in the bike lane is ridiculous.

Here in San Francisco, it's also not easy; double-parked cars, merging lanes at large busy intersections, and other human, vehicle and construction sites make it sometimes impossible to stay in the bike lane. Fortunately, SFers are not (yet) required to ride only in bike lanes.

Sheesh. This is the grief cyclists get for nearly eliminating their carbon footprint; a kick in the face from the law.

Addendum: Oh, and now cops are (allegedly) ticketing NYC cyclists for wearing skirts!

1 comment:

Tom G said...

The assertion about it not being illegal to ride outside a bike lane is not correct, except for issues of safety and turning. (Sorry about the triple negative.) It is correct, however, that other vehicles may not be in the bike lanes.

Quick review of NY laws on cycling (summary available

§ 4-08 (e)(9) - Stopping, standing and parking prohibited in specified places
No parking, standing or stopping vehicles within or otherwise obstructing bike

§ 4-12 (p) – Bicycles
• Bicycle riders must use bike path/lane, if provided, except for access, safety, turns, etc.
• Other vehicles shall not drive on or across bike lanes except for access, safety, turns,
• Bicyclists may use either side of a 40-foot wide one-way roadway.

§ 102-a – Definition of Bicycle Lane
A portion of the roadway which has been designated by stripping, signing and pavement
markings for the preferential or exclusive use of bicycles.

§ 1234 - Riding on roadways, shoulders, bicycle lanes and bicycle paths
• Must ride bicycle on the right side of the roadway (some conditions and exceptions apply
- see also N.Y.C. Traffic Rules and Regulations Section 4-12 above);
• No more than two abreast.