I Parked In A Bike Lane.org is a humble movement aimed at raising driver awareness towards the problems associated with blocking bike lanes. Cyclists know how unsafe this can be, but something about being hulled up inside two tons of steel seems to lead to an obliviousness (or perhaps indifference) to these issues. The first round of stickers was printed in 2005, so I guess that's when it all began...
The idea for the stickers isn't novel and I don't claim to own this idea. But I do feel it is necessary to facilitate a more bike-conscious general public, especially in cities like New York where bikes are so prevalent. I felt the stickers were direct enough to be effective for motorists, fun enough to be used by cyclists and subtle enough not to incite a totally counter-productive angry reaction from recipients. However, experience has shown that motorists show a range of reactions to these stickers. So PLEASE exercise caution when using these stickers, however you may. It's not worth getting run over, after all...
The following is a list of laws pertaining to bike lanes, bikes and motorists in New York City. Laws in other cities are similar, but please consult local authorities for specifics.
- "4-08 (e) - Stopping, standing and parking prohibited in specified places
9. Parking, standing or stopping vehicles within, or otherwise obstructing, bike lanes is prohibited."
- Share the road:
Bicycles are not only permitted to ride on roadways, they are required to do so. Drivers, please do not ask cyclists to ride on the sidewalk. Doing so is dangerous and illegal:
"Bicyclists have the legal right to share the road on most public highways, but it is prohibited on interstate highways and expressways (Sec. 1229-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law and Sec. 316 of the Highway Law)."
- Is a motorist required to treat bicyclists any differently than a motorist?
"The motorist must always remember that cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles, and motorists are required to exercise "due care" to avoid colliding with bicyclists (Sec. 1146). As a safety measure, motorists should make scanning for bicyclists second nature, give cyclists plenty of clearance when passing them, and give them the right-of-way when appropriate."
- Use of bike lanes:
"If there is usable bike lane, the bicyclist must use it. If there is no bike lane, or it is unusable due to parked cars or other hazards, the bicyclist may drive either on the right shoulder, or near the right edge or curb of the roadway. A bicyclist may move further left to avoid hazards such as parked cars or debris, but the bicycle driver must avoid undue interference with other traffic (Sec. 1234(a))."
"You should generally bicycle as far to the right as is practicable. If there is a safe shoulder, use it instead of the traffic lane. Smart cyclists plot a line straight down the roadway 3-4 feet from the curb or parked cars. This allows them space to avoid road hazards and to be more visible to motorists and pedestrians."
- Are bicyclists required to use bike paths where provided?
"No. A bicyclist must use a bike lane which is part of the roadway, if one is provided and is usable. A bike path is separate from the roadway, and a bicyclist may use either the path or the roadway. (Sec. 1234(a)). In some cases, a roadway may be safer than a nearby bike path, as well as more convenient."
- May bicyclists drive side-by-side on a roadway?
"Yes. They may drive two abreast on roadways, but they must drive single file when being overtaken by other vehicles. Bicyclists may only travel more than two abreast on a shoulder, bike lane or bike path intended for bike use if there is sufficient space. However, they must be in single file when passing vehicles, pedestrians or other bicyclists (Sec. 1234(b))."
- General laws:
If you have comments, corrections, suggestions, opinions, contributions, etc feel free to contact us via email.
Stickers just arrived! I'll start sending them out this weekend. Thanks for your patience.
Mon, 1/14/2008 7:36:03 pm
DONATION REQUEST: We've gotten a TON of sticker requests recently, which is GREAT! We're very excited about how much momentum this campaign has gained. Now we need to keep up with increased sticker demand. Please consider clicking the donate button. It's quick and easy, and it helps us out a LOT! Thanks in advance. - iparkedinabikelane.org
Mon, 12/3/2007 9:50:13 am
More stickers ordered today!
Mon, 12/3/2007 9:46:28 am
NYC.gov PDF indicating the proper use of bike lanes. Download and distribute!
Tue, 11/20/2007 7:42:25 pm
Secretary of Transportation blames MN bridge collapse on cyclists!
Fri, 9/14/2007 7:48:29 am
Road rage shooting in Philly
Mon, 7/16/2007 10:00:19 am
Stickers have arrived and have been delivered to most of the bike shops on the "stickers" page. Have at 'em!
Mon, 7/16/2007 9:58:14 am
More stickers were ordered today. 3000 this time! Thanks everyone for the support.
Wed, 5/23/2007 3:36:43 pm
Toronto road rage caught on tape!
Wed, 5/9/2007 7:51:19 am
Stickers have arrived! Expect them in shops in the next few days.
Thu, 5/3/2007 7:41:43 pm
StreetFilms video on Separated Bike Lanes
Wed, 4/25/2007 3:09:59 pm
We're on myspace now!
Wed, 4/25/2007 11:42:41 am
Just ordered 2000 more stickers. Last order lasted 2 weeks!
Thu, 3/29/2007 12:40:34 pm
New website (finally) launched! Comments welcome...
Thu, 3/22/2007 12:33:38 pm
Stickers arrived today! 2000 this time. Go get em'.
Thu, 3/22/2007 12:32:15 pm
Stickers scheduled for printing on 3/7!
Mon, 2/26/2007 3:16:56 pm
Stickers ordered today!
Tue, 2/20/2007 1:59:01 pm