Bike Lanes to Nowhere

Bike Lanes to Nowhere

Some Cities Have Somewhat Functional Bike Lanes

Casey was cruising around New York’s streets on his bicycle, enjoying the convenience of one of the city’s many bike lanes, minding his own business, when he noticed the bike lane ahead of him was clogged with some obstruction. So he did what any reasonable bicyclist would do: he left the bike lane to avoid the blockage.

This simple act of self-preservation earned him a $50 ticket. Apparently in New York City, it’s illegal to ride a bike anywhere but the bike lane, which is pretty ridiculous.

That wouldn’t be so ridiculous (though still pretty silly) if New York City’s bike lanes weren’t frequently occupied by delivery trucks, double-parked cars, taxis, and other random urban detritus, as Casey illustrates in this entertaining, self-flagellating video:

Clearly this is a problem with an unfair and poorly (and I would guess inconsistently) enforced regulation. But at least the bike lanes in New York City, even when filled with items other than bikes, are a great way for bike commuters to get from place to place in relative safety.

Other Cities Have Bike Lanes That Go Nowhere

Conversely, out in Pasadena, California (which makes the completely unsourced and non-attributed boast of being “named the most bike-friendly city in L.A. County”), there’s only one thing more dangerous than being a pedestrian, and that’s a bicyclist.

The bike lanes are often found only on relatively deserted streets and go nowhere, at least nowhere useful, before vanishing. Hard to believe, isn’t it? So I made a map:

Bike Lanes to Nowhere

View Bike Lanes to Nowhere: Pasadena in a larger map.

So come on, Crown City, give us some good, useful bike lanes (maybe along the length of the Green Street) and expand existing lanes (like the lane down Marengo) and be the bike-friendly city you claim to be.


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