78th Precinct Sets Up Protected Bike Lane on Bergen Street

They aren't foolproof, but NYPD barriers are helping to keep this short block of the Bergen Street bike lane clear of illegally-parked vehicles. Photo: Ian Dutton

The guerrilla bike lane on Bergen Street now has an official imprimatur. It may be hard to believe, but the tug-of-war over whether bike riders or parked cars from the 78th Precinct belong in the Bergen Street bike lane — tough one, isn’t it? — now has an unexpected referee. Over the weekend, NYPD barriers popped up on the edge of the bike lane where it approaches Flatbush Avenue, replicating a citizen-led effort that flourished for about a week this summer.

Word on the street is that cyclists can thank 78th Precinct Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri for the barricades, though the precinct’s community affairs office credited the NYPD Barrier Section. Whoever is behind the short stretch of protected bike lane, the 78th Precinct is definitely being a more courteous neighbor on this block and setting an example that other precincts should follow.

Not everything is perfect, however: A photo from this morning shows a police van blocking the bike lane and crosswalk. Though the barriers remained, bike riders could not enter the bike lane and had to go around into motor vehicle traffic.

This morning, the NYPD barriers remained -- but so did the NYPD vehicle blocking the way. Photo: Julie May