CB6 District Manager Craig Hammerman proposes converting the existing bike lane to a Class 3 route. That means cyclists would get sharrows instead -- road markings that don't carry the same visual weight or staying power as dedicated lanes. "It would seem to me," Hammerman wrote, that converting the bike lane to sharrows "would eliminate the existing conflict between the bicycles and the merchant delivery trucks."
Or it would simply expose thousands of people to more danger and risk. The proposed scenario wouldn't do anything to help delivery drivers find curbside spots, but it would force cyclists to kiss their dedicated space goodbye. In DOT's latest survey of Fifth Avenue bike traffic, conducted on a weekday in October, 865 cyclists were counted between 8th Street and 9th Street in one twelve-hour period. There's no indication that the agency will roll back this widely used safety measure.
So door zone bike lanes are there to promote safety? (See photo in linked article.) Most of the paint and plaque folks avoid this blunder!
This is yet another territorial dispute that is so silly. Mr. Fried is picking a fight over a shiny penny because he doesn't value the tarnished silver dollar next to it. Would that he could seize his right to the public street, rather than squabble over the crumbs that are left to him in the semi-private ghetto.