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Today’s Commute

August 15, 2011

I’ll have an update on today’s ride across the Manhattan Bridge with Alex Nazaryan of the New York Daily News editorial board a little later, but for now I wanted to post two videos I shot while on my way to meet up with everyone this morning at nine.

Here’s the quick trip down Jay Street.  The threat of rain and the time of day meant there were few cyclists, peds, and even drivers out, so it was relatively quiet, but you’ll still see a car parked in the bike lane, a bus stopped in the bike lane due to an idling garbage truck, and a livery cab driver making a dangerous U-Turn.

And here’s the intersection of Jay Street and Sands.  This is also far from as bad as it gets here – I only had time to shoot one light cycle — but if the NYPD stationed a team of officers here, they could easily ticket one or two drivers every thirty seconds.  (I shot this while standing with Alex, Ben, and a few other people who joined us this morning.)

Our ride across the bridge?  Totally pleasant.  Video to come.

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2 Comments
  1. August 16, 2011 6:51 am

    You made a huge mistake with video #2. There is a right turn arrow, which you can even see in the video. The red is for traffic continuing straight ahead down Jay.

    Bad mistake on your part.

  2. August 16, 2011 7:09 am

    Hi TJ,

    The drivers turning right with the green arrow are doing nothing wrong. But when the light turns yellow and then goes off, it’s red for all drivers at that intersection. There is no right turn on red at that intersection, so the driver of the white car that still keeps going is running a red light. Thankfully, perhaps due to the bad weather, he didn’t run the light through a crosswalk where pedestrians were trying to cross and cyclists were trying to access the bike path.

    I wasn’t clear, but I didn’t mean to say that ALL the drivers were running the red, only the driver at the end of the video. If the NYPD hung out there for a bit, they’d be able to ticket at least one or two drivers doing the exact same thing every light cycle.

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