Bus Lane, Not Bike Lane
Yesterday, the city gave the right-hand lane of lower Broadway over to buses, part its Bus Rapid Transit plan. The idea is to turn the pokey dogs of the MTA into speedy greyhounds by giving them room to run and better places to stop.
And yes, savvy cyclist, you might also find a little room in the new lane—it reaches from Houston to Vesey—but you risk getting a ticket from the NYPD. Vehicles other than buses are allowed into the lane only for making right turns. The Daily News reports that the cops wrote 172 citations on Monday.
A ride down Broadway this afternoon revealed little compliance from drivers and just about zero enforcement. It was, in a word, chaos. Photo evidence follows.
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