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LANE-SPLITTING the WEST SIDE HIGHWAY on a UNICYCLE | what do we think about when riding highway?

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Red lights don't apply to NY riders.

Illegal lane splitting laws don't apply to NY riders

Seems riding on a highway is common practice for NY riders.

Seems drinking vodka whilst riding is acceptable for NY riders.

Weaving unpredictably amongst traffic as a small difficult to see, unexpected object, from behind, in blindspots, annoying other road users......who cares what others think?

But it's all ok, because it's in celebration of a birthday...

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5 minutes ago, Eucner said:

The same reckless driving we have seen already too often.

As already sokrates feared that there'll be no future with such ill-mannered next generation... ;)

... same as it ever was ...

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34 minutes ago, Chriull said:

As already sokrates feared that there'll be no future with such ill-mannered next generation... ;)

... same as it ever was ...

Actually they were concerned about this already in the ancient Egypt :D.

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I'm confused by this being called a highway, with a speed limit of 30 mph.

Then the empty bike-lane in perfect condition seems to be such a better choice than riding around the cars.

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https://www.motorbiscuit.com/what-are-the-differences-between-a-highway-freeway-and-interstate/

What Are the Differences Between a Highway, Freeway, and Interstate?

by J.L. Seto on December 13, 2020
 
What is a highway?
A highway is simply a public road that could have restricted access and it also could have tolls. Restricted access means that only cars and other similar motor vehicles are allowed on the road, and it also means that the only way a car or motor vehicle can access or exit the road is by an on or off ramp.
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21 hours ago, supercurio said:

I'm confused by this being called a highway, with a speed limit of 30 mph.

Then the empty bike-lane in perfect condition seems to be such a better choice than riding around the cars.

Euc are NOT allowed on west side green way aka bike lane. Sign states as follows “NO MOTOR VEHICLES E-BIKES E-SCOOTERS” which is also enforced by park rangers daily which issue tickets to any motorized pev on the greenway and you are then directed onto the street. 

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Thanks for the clarification guys.
So it seems like the conflicting regulations make safe riding in this area oddly impractical.

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7 minutes ago, supercurio said:

Thanks for the clarification guys.
So it seems like the conflicting regulations make safe riding in this area oddly impractical.

If by safe riding you mean “bike lane” then yes certain areas have restrictions on anything motorized being in the bike lane. 


As for riding in the bike lane in nyc. It’s ill advised. Narrow lane, constant pedestrians stepping off the curb not looking / not paying attention, other pev and manual bikes competing for the same space as you. Cars cutting across the lane itself to make turns. I hardly call that “safe” riding area. 

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Yeah I meant safe riding, every option considered on a level playing field.

In this context it helps to understand why EUC riders choose a 30 mph "highway".
From watching a cycling channel like Terry Barentsen, NYC bike lanes seem highly unpredictable indeed and their own kind of madness!

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A side annoyance of our new “protected” bike lanes is they’re also protected from the street sweeper. Filled with trash and other roads hazards now.

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10 hours ago, supercurio said:

Yeah I meant safe riding, every option considered on a level playing field.

In this context it helps to understand why EUC riders choose a 30 mph "highway".
From watching a cycling channel like Terry Barentsen, NYC bike lanes seem highly unpredictable indeed and their own kind of madness!

Gotcha….. labeled a “highway” due to the fact that “highway” is defined as being a “six-to-eight lane urban boulevard.” But this particular road between battery park & 59th street (about 60 city blocks) is a regular city street with traffic lights every city block, crosswalks and speed limit of 30mph. Hardly an actual highway. Now it does eventually turn into a proper highway/parkway but that is not where euc riders are making this video. So it’s more of a click bait title where people are expecting one thing and get another.

Agreed with “it own kind of madness.” You are far more likely to have a collision with a pedestrian in a nyc bike lane then sharing the roadway with traffic. Also as tawpie pointed out the amount of trash build up is horrendous as the street sweeper cannot drive down the lane itself. 

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