As Town & Village reported this week, a number of community residents have gotten parking tickets or even towed for parking in spots along the newly designed 20th Street east of First Avenue that used to be legal.
While the city has already made the choice to justify the permanent loss of 12 parking spaces in the interest of enhanced traffic safety (an important issue to be sure) it’s unfortunate that this plan was enacted with almost no heads up to the community (unless you count a tweet in September by the Department of Transportation, followed by an article in this newspaper after residents noticed the sudden loss of parking spaces).
It is also unfortunate that this lack of communication extends between city agencies. Ideally, there would have been a message given to the NYPD that parking spaces that are no longer legal were legal up until very recently and that perhaps motorists parking where they have always parked might be deserving of a grace period, as Council Member Keith Powers is asking for.
As for the issue of people concerned about having to cross two bike lanes to get to a bus stop, we understand their frustrations as well because while the 13th Precinct has been pretty consistent in stopping scofflaw cyclists and e-bike riders when they catch them, the police can’t be everywhere and not everyone can outrun the bikes. The author of one of the letters above makes a valid point about this.
We believe it would be a worthwhile idea to have some NYPD monitoring of the bike lanes, at least for a while until pedestrians, cyclists and motorists become accustomed to the new lay of the land.