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Viral Video: Bike Lane Video Includes TN Radio Segment
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 10:23 PM
(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.