I love it when my fascination for seemingly disparate things – bicycles, maps, Flickr, WNYC, and community-sourced data – all come together. Contemporary life can be fun like that.
This map crowdsources images of obstructed bike lanes in the five boroughs of NYC to create an interactive map:
The map provides quick visual markers; you can click any number to zoom in, and click on any marker to see a pop-in image of the obstruction.
And you can see there’s direct causality between the increase in bike lanes and then-obstructed lanes (primarily by vehicles, but also construction debris); you can hover over any number and see the general geographic area that number of photographs cover. For instance Downtown Brooklyn has an astounding 324 images covering just a portion of it’s area:
A few of the images require scrutiny, and even suspicion. But some are obvious a-hole-ish moves by drivers, and can only cause alarm for potential accidents involving bicyclists or other drivers alike. For example:
Or this one is just classic, a DoE bus taking up both ways of a two-way bike lane:
They’ve been doing this on Vernon Boulevard in LIC for years; those jersey barriers won’t stop them! For instance I took these shots in December of 2011:
Over 3,500 images in the photostream…
Of course it wouldn’t be a WNYC story without a radio segment. I originally heard about the map from the second of the two audio embeds below. In the first they announce the project – it’s a quick segment. In the second they interviewed Paul Vogel, the main contributor to the Flickr photostream. Responsible for over 700 of the currently 3500+ images, they talked with Paul about what he does, what inspired him, but also how documenting so many obstructions is a drain on his biking soul. Give a listen: