The bike lane situation is looking pretty confusing at South 4th Street, with blatant signage leading bikers up on the sidewalk and onto the bridge. A couple of riders wrote into Gothamist today with stories how the lane led them right into the open arms of a few cops. Naturally, our lovely NYPD wrote them tickets for biking on the sidewalk. Entrapment? Duh.
John at Gothamist poked around about and learned that the DOT is “in the process of designating the sidewalk along South 5th Street as a shared bike/pedestrian path.” They “will soon add appropriate signs and directional bike stamps along the sidewalk (see example), and [we] are reaching out to the local precinct with additional details about the project, which is not yet complete.” DOT, hurry the f’k up with that, our bikers are getting tickets! See more details on this silly bureaucratic fart at Gothamist.
Oh, I should note, aside from the whole woopsie-daisy ticketing situation, this bike lane is great and safe and needed, so thanks DOT. This is just rough love. Keep at it.
picture via gothamist, too.