A typical Friday night on the bike lane on Plaza Street West in Brooklyn. There are lots of drivers frustrated that they can't go faster — and, frequently, drivers who commandeer the bike lane because, well, they can.
The latest example popped up on Reddit — and shows again how painted bike lanes are, essentially, meaningless stripes that drivers drive over or park on (warning: inappropriate language below).
"She was driving through bike lane to dodge traffic," our tipster told us. "[She] could have run over cyclists easily as she had loud music in her car and [was] completely unworried about law she was breaking."
To its credit, the Department of Transportation does not label the two-way lane on Plaza Street West as a "protected" bike lane, but it is a crucial portion of the route many cyclists take from Prospect Park West's two-way protected lane to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
Educated at the Sorbonne and the Yale School of Drama, Gersh Kuntzman is obviously not the person being described here. We're talking about tabloid legend Gersh Kuntzman, who has been with New York newspapers since 1989, including stints at the New York Daily News, the Post, the Brooklyn Paper and even a cup of coffee with the Times. He's also the writer and producer of "Murder at the Food Coop," which was a hit at the NYC Fringe Festival in 2016, and “SUV: The Musical” in 2007. Email Gersh at email@example.com