Thursday, May 3, 2007

Tillary Street Bike Lane Still Rife With Cars

The bike lane on Tillary between Cadman Plaza West and the Brooklyn Bridge (and the Manhattan Bridge beyond) is still one of the most dangerous places for a biker in Downtown Brooklyn. Cars turning off the Brooklyn Bridge onto Tillary just love their new private lane. If only those pesky bikes would get out of the way...

More posts on Tillary Street bike lane here.

Check out The Brooklyn Daily Eagle's article "New Downtown Bike Path: Accident Waiting to Happen," written last November. Quote:

" Craig Chin, a spokesperson from the New York Department of Transportation (DOT), says the problem is really “a police enforcement issue.” He said if tickets were given out, vehicles would soon stop driving down the path.

When asked whether he thought partial blockage to the lane would help, he said, “I’m not sure if we could do something about that — it really is a police enforcement issue.”

But Officer J. Perrez from the Traffic Safety Department at the 84th Precinct says the real problem is the width of the bike lane. “The barriers between [Cadman Plaza West] and Adams Street are set too far from the curb line,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle yesterday. “If they moved it a little closer, it would solve the problem."More here.

Photos by MK Metz, Brooklyn photojournalist.


Anonymous said...

It's especially bad at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Anonymous said...

Look like government issue cars to me. Isn't this where the court house workers were caught parking?

Anonymous said...

brooklyn motorists are monsters -- absolute freaking monsters.

indefinitelee said...

that's a bike lane?

If this is the spot i'm thinking of I don't think there is any sign indicating such to motorists. I've never driven in it but I see people cutting over to it all the time.

Of course, it shouldn't be open to motorists in the first place.

Anonymous said...

The security guard at the Court House there said they place orange cones in the bike lane sometimes but the Dept of Parks work trucks run right over them.

jmc said...

Call 311 and forward them these digital pictures... you can email them. Let's see if they get a ticket.

mcbrooklyn said...

See the UPDATE.