Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri of the 78th Precinct has long been a friend to the many people who cycle through the community. He’s always welcomed safe streets advocates at Community Council meetings, frequently attends safe streets meetings in Park Slope, and he famously allowed the so-called guerilla bike lane on the short stretch of Bergen Street between 6th Avenue and Flatbush Avenue to become a more or less permanent part of the street, earning him some much deserved praise last year.
Well, Deputy Inspector Ameri has outdone himself, taking to the street to shovel out the bike lane after this week’s big storm. Sanitation snow removal efforts meant that the French barriers had to be moved to the curb, and when the plows came down Bergen they pushed a lot of snow into the bike lane. N Wayne Bailey shot these pictures of officers of the 78th Precinct clearing the bike lane to fix that problem.
It’s not every day you seen NYPD officers taking a literal hands-on approach to bike safety. If you are so inclined, you can call the precinct to thank them for this kind action.