This afternoon I was in Little Italy running some errands when I saw a police officer duo on bike patrol. Three cars were parked in the bike lane ahead of them so I thought I would watch with a little bit of glee as they dismounted and gave the vehicles tickets. Instead, they rode past and completely ignored the parking violation.
Cars parked in bike lanes is one of my greatest pet peeves in this city. I can only imagine what the officers would’ve done if three cyclists had parked their bikes in the car lane.
When I got back to the Spacing office I dug out a poster I designed last summer but never did anything with. I’ve posted it on Spacing’s Flickr account (you can download the different sized versions by clicking on “All Sizes”, or if you want a high-res version you can grab it from Photobucket). We encourage any and all of you to download it, put it on your blogs and web sites, post it on utility poles near parking spots with bike lanes, or photocopy it and place it on windshields when appropriate. We have left space at the bottom of the poster for you to include your group’s logo or whatever you want to place there (feel free to remove our logo/website entirely if you wish).
The most important thing is to get the message out to the general public on how important it is for cyclists to have an unobstructed path free from the dangers of cars and trucks. We need to communicate better on how cyclists and drivers need to share the road and show respect for one another.
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We’d be very happy to supply any organization with a high-resolution version if they have problems downloading it from the above mentioned sites. Please contact us by phone (416 644 1017) or by email.