Bike activists in Rochester have made their own lane barriers using toilet plungers The group said they wrapped them in reflective tape, put flags on top and glued them between the bike lane and the car lane. The idea was to prevent motor vehicles from merging into or parking in the bike lane. And their actions are being noted.
Bike activists in Rochester have made their own lane barriers using plungers, but they say there's a good reason for it.
The group used regular household plungers, wrapped them in reflective tape, put flags on top and glued them between the bike lane and the car lane. The idea was to prevent motor vehicles from merging into or parking in the bike lane.
Bryan Agnello rides his bike to work every day and noticed the makeshift barriers. Agnello said he didn’t place the barriers on the road, but he applauds whoever did.
“When you do this it causes the bicyclist to have to go into St. Paul Street and around the vehicle putting themselves into harm’s way,” Agnello said. “I really appreciate the fact that someone did that because it proves the point, they were destroyed within 24 hours.”
Our cameras were rolling as several people parked their cars in the bike lane. Agnello says for the safety of bikers across the area, the City of Rochester needs to take action.
“This is a unique way to get the attention of the city to say we need something here to create a barrier between traffic and bicyclists,” Agnello said.
City Spokesman Patrick Flanagan pointed to the city's 83 page Bicycle Master Plan. It doesn't have a cost or a timeline for completion, but it’s a study that talks about installing lanes, laying out new trails and creating a low stress biking environment.
Flanagan also said since the made the plan in 2011; 100 miles of bike lane have been created.
With the recent boost in bikers, Agnello says now is the time for more precautions.
"We'd like to see more go in because with Zagster over here, bike share is bigger than ever and it's important,” Agnello said.
When we asked about the stretch of road on St. Paul, city officials said there are no plans for protective barriers in that spot. We’re told the dimensions of the road don’t allow for barriers.
They did give advice for bikers who see people parked in bike lanes anywhere in the city. Officials say your best bet is to call 311 to report the person who is illegally parked so an officer can come out and ticket the driver.