Giving Respect/Getting Respect
On the chilly evening of January 22, T.A.volunteers turned out for the third Give Respect Get Respect Campaign event. Joined by City Council member Andrew Eristoff, the group delivered over 300 flyers to food delivery cyclists and restaurant managers on the Upper East Side, encouraging cyclists to keep off the sidewalk, ride with - not against - traffic, and yield to pedestrians.
Initiated by T.A. last fall to encourage cyclists to respect pedestrians and to press for greater enforcement of bicycle lanes, the campaign has concentrated on the Upper East Side where residents have lodged numerous complaints about sidewalk-riding food delivery cyclists.
Give/Get volunteer Mary Frances Dunham, who has handed dozens of mock summonses to vehicles blocking First Avenue's bike lane, reported "Truck drivers seem to be pleasant about leaving the bike lane, but not private motorists."
As we go to press, Give/Get campaigners will be working the Sixth Avenue bike lane below 42nd Street. The popular cycling route is famous for double-parked trucks and for vehicles that use the bike lane for sudden turns and for rushing ahead of the pack at intersections.
T.A.'s next Get Respect Action will target the Lafayette St. Bike Lane, where double-parked delivery trucks and cabs are rampant. Cyclists have reported some improvements, but more is needed. To help, call Gian-Claudia at T.A.