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NY1 For You: Cyclists Raise Concerns Over Cars Parked in Bike Lanes

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Bikers traveling through Upper Manhattan say their ride is anything but easy when they're forced to constantly dodge cars illegally parked in bike lanes, and they say police aren't doing enough to enforce the law. Susan Jhun filed the following report.

Cyclists in Upper Manhattan say their rides are anything but smooth since the designated bike lanes are not kept clear.

"They're full of cars double parked, trucks unloading," says cyclist Sean Murray.

"Pretty much anytime I'm on my bike there are blocked bike lanes," says another cyclist.

It's a constant occurrence which cyclists say the police consistently ignore.

"It's very clear that the drivers don't respect the bike lanes and the police refuse to enforce the bike lanes," Murray says.

Our camera caught proof of that as a police car waited at a light next to two cyclists and a car blocking the bike lane but simply drove off after the light changed.

Beyond increased enforcement, riders say a protected bike lane should be considered.

"Every other sort of class of lane that they have is not respected by motorists or enforced by the police," Murray says.

We contacted the NYPD and were told enforcement is up this year in the area with an increased number of summonses for parking and moving violations.

The NYPD spokesperson went on to say it's an ongoing issue throughout the city, especially given how busy this specific corridor is however the problem is being addressed and the NYPD will bring the concerns of cyclists back to the local precinct.

In the meantime, Transportation Alternatives gave us this statement, "Our recommendation is for the NYPD to enforce the law. Parking in bike lanes is illegal for a reason. It's no different than parking on a sidewalk. With the implementation of 'Vision Zero,' we hold traffic safety enforcement and the NYPD to a higher standard."

That's pressure that riders hope will help to clear the bike lanes.

We will keep you updated.

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