On a bike ride to Prospect Park yesterday, I saw a moving truck double-parked on 9th Street in Park Slope. As I came close, it became obvious that the truck’s driver went out of his way to keep the bike lane clear. As I rode by, I waved at the moving truck’s staff and said, “thank you for not blocking the bike lane!” They waved back.
The moving company was Seamen’s Moving, and I’ve left a message with them to see if it’s a company-wide policy, or just the work of a very polite truck driver.
I wish I had taken a picture of this truck, though, because I’d like to publish the picture of how they parked to be a lesson to all moving companies, delivery companies, and UPS and FedEx trucks of how to double park without putting cyclists in danger or significantly impeding traffic. Taking up an extra three feet of street width is not the end of the world on many of the wide streets with bike lanes in New York.
And if you see any other people going out of their way to keep cyclists safe, please thank them. There’s a lot of negativity out on the streets of New York when it comes to cars and bikes, so please exert a little positivity whenever you can.