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Motorcyclist Avoids Gridlock on Varick Street

August 3, 2012


I’ve posted before about the gridlock mess that is Varick Street after 3 PM.  The video above was recorded last month and it shows the generally terrible conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists at this intersections.  Add a few goats, rickshaws, and an elephant onto this street and you’ve got yourself a veritable third world country.

Skip to about two minutes in to see a motorcyclist use the sidewalk as a convenient detour.  And please remember it the next time a City Council member goes on and on about bikes on the sidewalk.

  1. Steve O. permalink
    August 3, 2012 12:59 pm

    This is why I don’t ride a motorcycle. It would be impossible for me to avoid doing stuff like that.

  2. J.D. permalink
    August 3, 2012 5:35 pm

    they used to call it “going to the head of the class”. No one was inconvenienced or threatened. He just got out of everyone’s way and on with his own journey. Kudos.

  3. Steve permalink
    August 4, 2012 3:47 pm

    I’d say all the peds who can’t cross those streets are inconvenienced and threatened.

    • J.D. permalink
      August 5, 2012 10:40 pm

      To clarify, I don’t think that the action of the motorcyclist actually caused anyone, pedestrian, motorist or the other cyclist, any inconvenience or threat. Wading through a stagnant traffic jam on foot is not as dangerous as crossing a wide, open road full of rapidly moving vehicles.

      • Steve permalink
        August 6, 2012 10:13 pm

        My wheelchair-bound office mate finds it impossible to wade thought the stagnant tariff jam. Cars are packed so tight and block every crosswalk, and she can’t get across the street to get home.

  4. Jimmy permalink
    August 8, 2012 9:32 am

    Steve – Is your office mate actually TIED to his wheelchair? If he is not bound to it, he probably just uses it to get around.

    • Gary permalink
      August 8, 2012 11:28 am

      What a disaster. No traffic cops?


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