November 14 – 20, 2007
By Jefferson Siegel
On Nov. 3, the Timeâ€™s Up! Bicycle Clown Brigade celebrated New York Cityâ€™s first Copenhagen-style bike lane, on Ninth Ave. between 16th and 23rd Sts., with a Bike Lane Liberation Ride.
In the new, seven-block bike lane, cyclists are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by a lane of parked cars.
â€œWe applaud the new Department of Transportation commissionerâ€™s commitment to improved bicycle infrastructure. Now it is up to the N.Y.P.D. to enforce the law and keep the bike lanes clear of motor vehicles,â€ said Judy Ross, a Timeâ€™s Up! spokesperson.
The cyclists toasted the lane with apple cider in champagne glasses while eating homemade vegan peanut-butter cupcakes with soy chocolate icing. They held a sign reading, â€œWe the Bike Clowns proclaim the Ninth Avenue lane car-free! Long may it grow and flourish a whole bunch more.â€
Their day started with a ride through the Village and Chelsea, where they â€œticketedâ€ motor vehicles parked in bike lanes in violation of New York City Traffic Law Section 4-08 (e), which prohibits parking, standing or stopping in bike lanes and mandates a $115 fine.