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B63 Drivers Say 5th Ave Bike Lane Causing Problems

One bus driver called the bike lane on the skinny thoroughfare "a recipe for disaster."

B63 drivers say the Fifth Avenue bike lane leaves little room for them to avoid opened car doors and speeding cyclists, according to the New York Post.

“I have close calls every day,” B63 bus operator Darren Davis told the paper. “It’s a recipe for disaster.”

“Nine times out of 10, you can swerve around, but here, there’s nowhere to go,” he added.

The bike lane runs down Fifth Avenue between 23rd and Dean streets, and was installed a few years ago. In some spots, the bike lane is protected – or sectioned off from traffic by a physical barrier – but most parts of the route are merely painted lines.

Annie Shapero, a regular B63 rider, told the paper that she wishes the bike lanes had installed on Sixth Avenue instead, where there is much less traffic.

The city wants to extend the Fifth Avenue bike lanes further south into Sunset Park, but Community Board 7 denied the proposal earlier this month.

“Many of my board members felt that this wasn’t necessarily an appropriate roadway to encourage people to use,” Jeremy Laufer, district manager for Community Board 7, told the Post.

Peter October 29, 2012 at 05:27 PM
They quoted *one* bus rider, and *one* bus passenger. Did they talk to cyclists? Store owners? Residents? Community leaders? This was a lame, hack-job article to begin with. Reporting on a hack-job article? Lazy.
Parksloper October 29, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Why would they interview store owners, residents, cyclists and community owners when the article is about Bus Drivers and what they have to go through to do their job? Do the above mentioned drive buses now?
B63 Rider & Cyclist October 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Please don't repost this lame report from the Post. It can't even get the facts right. http://brooklynspoke.com/2012/10/29/fact-checking-the-new-york-post/
Chicken Underwear October 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM
The article is about the bike lane. and I don't ride my bike, or drive my car on 5th ave because so many people think it is ok to double park there.
Parksloper October 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The picture the NY Post showed speaks a thousand words. The bicyclist is in the way of the bus. There is not enough room for bikes lanes with cars, buses, double parked cars, delivery cars etc all of which are important, bikes are simply not. Take mass transit.

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