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West Facet Rag » Bike Lane Pace Bumps Get Bumped Off

Posted on April 2, 2021 at 10:16 am by West Sider

Jose Chu at Flor de Mayo, 424 Amsterdam, earlier than the pace bumps’ removing.

By Pleasure Bergmann

Annoyed by e-bikers “going 20, 30 miles an hour,” placing his outside eating prospects and staff in danger, Flor de Mayo restaurant supervisor José Chu determined to attempt a brand new tactic on Wednesday. He put two transportable pace bumps — bought on Amazon — throughout the Amsterdam Avenue bike lane between 83rd and 84th Streets. 

“We didn’t put this factor on as a result of we need to trigger any hassle or issues with our common bikers. It’s simply to guard the shoppers and likewise our staff and the neighbors that stroll up and down the block,” Chu informed WSR. “All you must do is decelerate just a little bit as a courtesy to folks on the road. All of us share the roadway.” 

Chu mentioned he believed he was the primary businessperson alongside the UWS Amsterdam hall to make use of such a way.

The experiment lasted about 24 hours. 

Shortly after WSR’s Thursday afternoon go to, Chu mentioned, a person in a Metropolis Division of Transportation [DOT] shirt got here by and informed him the bumps needed to be eliminated. He complied. 

“The inspector informed the supervisor the pace hump was not permitted as it’s a hazard to cyclists,” mentioned Lolita Avila, a DOT spokesperson, including that complaints about Open Eating set-ups may be reported via 311.

This explicit DOT inspection might have been prompted by a Twitter post by Gretchen Connelie, an avid biker and Morningside Heights resident.

Connelie informed WSR that when she first noticed the bumps on Wednesday afternoon, she wasn’t positive what to assume. “Is that this genius or is it horrible?” She stopped, took a photograph and continued on, pedaling slowly over the hump. She says it jolted her so severely her bag bounced out of her Citibike’s basket. She then determined the bumps had been, “an accident ready to occur.” 

Bicycling followers responding to her submit agreed with that evaluation. Advocacy group Bike New York tweeted, “We expect they’re horrible & should be eliminated instantly.” Transportation activist Thomas DeVito posted, “Seems to be like a lawsuit to me….eeeesh.” One man claimed to have gone out and moved the bumps apart. 

Connelie says she doesn’t see any malicious intent by the restaurant. “I’m simply undecided they perceive how harmful they may very well be.” 

Chu says he rode a motorcycle over the pace bumps and didn’t really feel endangered. “When you go slowly, you’re tremendous.” 

WSR requested DOT for different methods which may assist eating places calm — however not hamper — bike lane site visitors round Open Eating websites. They didn’t reply the query. 

“What can we do? Give me one thing higher and we’ll attempt it,” sighs Chu. For now, he says he’ll preserve advising everybody — diners, employees, residents and cyclists — to look in all instructions earlier than crossing the bike lane. 

Lee Uehara agrees with that recommendation. As training supervisor of the UWS’s CityBikeCoach.com, she has one other suggestion. “Eating places ought to cease anticipating dinky indicators written on small chalkboards to do the job. They need to have massive indicators — like 3 toes by 4 toes and with 3-to-5-inch letters — in high-visibility and contrasting colours positioned 10 to fifteen away from their road huts,” she informed WSR. “This provides the cyclists, who ought to be wanting forward anyway, loads of time to decelerate and proceed with humanity in thoughts.” 

However would an enormous “decelerate” signal actually change rushing bikers’ habits? 

Uehara paused. “They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do.”

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