But the picture above takes away the breath of even the most-jaded activists.
Yes, this is a Vision Zero van parked in a bike lane.
The photo was taken by new Streetsblog hero Scott Knobler on Saturday in the Rockaways. There’s really not much more you can say about it: It’s a picture of a van promoting Mayor de Blasio’s goal of protecting cyclists and pedestrians … by putting cyclists at risk by making them maneuver into the car lane or putting pedestrians at risk by forcing cyclists onto the sidewalk.
The photo speaks for itself — and speaks about a city Department of Transportation employee who should probably be reassigned. But I asked Knobler to provide some details because, you never know, maybe there were extenuating circumstances to exonerate the van driver.
“I was mocked and laughed at when I questioned why they were parking there,” Knobler, who posts on Reddit as KingNeptuna, told Streetsblog, repeating a sentiment cyclists know rather well.
In fact, he added, “the people from the van taunted me while the police sat there and watched. … I continued down the bike path and almost got hit head on by a beach cop on a moped…and get this, he yelled at ME! Mopeds do not belong in the bike lane. Law enforcement mopeds in the bike lane. … This should get that guy suspended at best.”
Yeah, well, sure, but one thing at a time. I reached out to the DOT and the NYPD’s 100th Precinct to see if the van driver was fired or at least ticketed, and I’ll update the story if I hear back.
Vision Zero or Zero Vision? Here It Is, The Craziest Blocked Bike Lane Picture — Ever