Alex Goldmark is a senior producer in the newsroom for New Tech City and Transportation Nation.
(Transportation Nation) I'm not sure if I'm flattered that someone who crashes into things for fun decided to include me (or my voice) in his protest video. But I have to admit I laughed out loud.
Here's a video from Casey Neistat, professional viral video maker (of the Niestat Brothers show on HBO). In it, he films himself getting a ticket for not riding in the bike lane in NYC--a story we broke here on Transportation Nation.
Then ... spoiler alert, stop reading if you want the full effect in the video ... to demonstrate why a cyclist in New York City might need to ride outside the bike lane, he proceeds to crash into anything and everything that blocks a bike lane from construction barricades, to trucks to ... well, just watch till the end. In the middle of the cringe-inducing bike lane bedlam, the video cuts to a radio segment from WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show in which I was the guest discussing our mapping project on the scale and scope of NYC bike ticketing.
By the way, our reporting shows it is not a violation to ride outside a bike lane in New York. That misconception comes from state code in VTL 1234, posted here, which does not apply in New York City.