I'm very grateful for the bike-lane blossoming that has happened under DOT Commish Janette Sadiq-Khan but along with Gothamist and Transportation Alternatives, what really gets my goat is the flagrant disregard by various car-drivers (both official and non-official), as well as the lack of enforcement to keep them clear.
A really egregious example is right around the corner from me, on Henry Street, in Brooklyn Heights. Every Sunday, the members of the First Presbyterian Church park their cars for several hours down the length of Henry, between Clark and Love Lane. You would think that would be a lot of revenue for the city, right?
Apparently, they have some 'understanding' with the 84th Precinct, whereby if they put a sign in their window that they are attending church, they don't get ticketed. Last year, I traded some e-mails with the interim pastor, to no avail, and in June I raised the issue at the community precinct meeting. The captain agreed that praying to God in a specific building on Sundays does not confer special parking privileges, and he would 'talk to them'. Well, you can see the results.
Calls to 311 produce nothing either, and meanwhile, cyclists on this busy stretch of street are forced to share their lane with cars.
The video is from this past Sunday, when more than 20 cars blocked the lane. I shot it a few minutes after services had ended, so there were actually a couple of empty spots.