Locals blast city for failing to remove postal trucks from Williamsburg bike lane

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This post office hasn’t gotten the message — get out of the bike lane!

Locals are furious at the city’s failure to curb the illegal parking habits of a Williamsburg post office, where mail workers continue to treat a nearby bike lane as their own personal parking lot more than a year after this paper first reported the issue.

“I’m worried that one of the bikers will get hurt — which is due to happen any time,” said Herbie Medina, a longtime Williamsburg resident who tipped this paper to the illegal parking nuisance caused by the United States Postal Service in January 2018.

Ever since the city installed a bike lane on Borinquen Street near the post office located on S. Fourth Street, postal workers there have swamped the cycling path between Marcy Avenue and S. Fourth Street with mail trucks, and Medina claims his pleas to local elected officials, including Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Councilman Antonio Reynoso, have fallen on deaf ears.

“Nobody’s doing anything about it,” said Medina. “Nothing has happened,”

The Postal Service — which has a modest parking lot capable of holding only a small portion of its delivery fleet — has stored their trucks along Borinquen Street since before the bike lanes were installed in October 2017, and a spokesman defended the workers’ illegal parking as a necessary expedient to permit timely deliveries.

“We continue to explore feasible parking strategies for this office that allow for expedient mail service with a minimum of disruption,” said Xavier Hernandez, a spokesman for the postal service.

But one Bushwick cyclist — who says she has to circumvent the illegally parked mail trucks on a daily basis — questioned the Department of Transporta­tion’s decision to build the bike lane, only to then allow the Postal Service to overrun it.

“Why put the bike lanes in there if the post office parks their trucks there?” asked Tara Eisenberg. “It causes safety issues because you can’t use the bike lane.”

The Department of Transportation did not return multiple requests for comment.

The intersection has not claimed any cycling casualties, but two motorists were injured after smashing into each other at Marcy Avenue and nearby S. Third Street last May. Both drivers later claimed they had a green light.

Mayor Bill de Blasio — in response to a spade of collisions that have claimed the lives of 15 city cyclists since January, including one biker who was struck not far from the Marcy Avenue intersection— recently announced that the Police Department would step up its enforcement of vehicles blocking bike lanes for three weeks until July 21.

And, in a year marked by high cyclist fatalities, Eisenberg accused the Postal Service of choosing convenience over her life and the lives of fellow bikers.

“It’s adding insult to injury, it’s taking a space for cyclists, something we fight for with our lives every day, and, frankly, it’s insulting,” she said.

The Police Department’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Posted 12:00 am, July 16, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Frank from Bushwick says:
Factoid; NYPD cannot ticket a federal vehicle. Nothing here move on....
July 16, 2019, 7:05 am
Solution says:
Remove the bike lane.
July 16, 2019, 8:08 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
July 16, 2019, 8:13 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge Penitentiary says:
Entitled federal employees! The only exercise they get is filing their 5 inch long fingernails
July 16, 2019, 8:59 am
Frank from Furter says:
Yes they can't ticket the trucks but if the precinct commander wants to be can life miserable when they are in their private think they park legally in their private cars?
July 16, 2019, 9:18 am
Tyler from pps says:
This article is very unclear... The issue isn't the bike lane. I don't believe there is a bike lane *on* Borinquen Place. It's a separated path under the elevated highway. The problem is the ONE or TWO trucks blocking the intersection, where the bike path has to cross the street. There is absolutely no "expedient mail service" excuse for one or two rogue drivers, basically, randomly stopping their trucks in the middle of the road. The fleet parking and blocking a lane of car traffic for a block in the other direction, who cares. That's for someone the motorists to figure out.
July 16, 2019, 10:34 am
Local from Here says:
No, we are not blasting the city. I like getting my mail promptly.
July 16, 2019, 10:47 am
Ken from Brooklyn says:
we all agree that most of the bikers are crazy.....
July 16, 2019, 10:50 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
It's not exactly a well-placed bike lane. For that one block, you have to go from being south of traffic to ride in that bike lane and then cross back after 2 blocks. When you are coming from the west, and you get to this bike lane, traffic is stopped on Havemeyer and if you ride on any other street without a protected bike lane, those 2 blocks are good enough to reconnect to the on-street bike lane past the post office.
July 16, 2019, 11:08 am
Local from Here says:
We all agree that most of Ken's comments are an atrocity against the English language.
July 16, 2019, 11:47 am
Local from Here says:
I need to get my scat magazines promptly! Overweight postal carriers parking in the bike lane will ensure that.
July 16, 2019, 12:57 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
"Most comments" - plural. "An atrocity" - singular. I love irony, Local, don't you?
July 16, 2019, 1:59 pm
Yoko says:
Local is ford bay ridge.
July 16, 2019, 2:42 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Perhaps this shows that bike lanes shouldn't be placed everywhere, but that picture does show it being used for something a lot more than what it's intended purpose is for.
July 16, 2019, 2:52 pm
Yoko says:
STFU, Tal!
July 16, 2019, 2:55 pm
Local from Here says:
Hey Tal, How can cyclists use the bike lane when there's mail trucks parked in it? Did you think before you posted your comment? Half the time I can't use the bike lane because some dingbat pedestrian is walking on it and texting or some overweight motorist is parked on it.
July 16, 2019, 3:31 pm
Local actually from Here says:
You can’t use the bike lanes, that’s why the lanes need to be removed. Poof, problem solved.
July 16, 2019, 4:47 pm
A REAL Local actually from Here says:
Poof? Is that the sound of your brains falling out of your a$$ when you take a dump? Don't park in the bike lane and I won't have to keep taking a U-lock to your side view mirrors. CHUMP!
July 16, 2019, 6:15 pm
A REAL Local actually from Here says:
I got news for all you fata$$ed anti bike cranks, Citibike is doubling by 2023.
July 16, 2019, 6:16 pm
Local actually from Here says:
You go ahead and try to take out some side mirrors and I’ll be here commenting on the article about your dirt nap.
July 16, 2019, 8:12 pm
A REAL Local actually from Here says:
Not if I find you first, fatso
July 16, 2019, 8:31 pm
A REAL Local actually from Here says:
You still using your iPhone?
July 16, 2019, 8:32 pm
A REAL Local actually from Here says:
July 16, 2019, 8:33 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Keep posting my IP address dumbass, it will do wonders for my lawsuit against your paper. Have fun on the unemployment line.
July 16, 2019, 8:34 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
LOL lawsuit, you sound like a tool. I was right, all your tough guy talk was all talk. "Counselor, they make fun of me being a trump supporter". Who is your attorney, Lionel Hutz? You are officially banned from this publication. GFYS
July 16, 2019, 9:05 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
We will counter sue for all your stupidity. You do know we have a firm on retainer, right? I will personally see that we bankrupt you.
July 16, 2019, 9:07 pm
Local actually from Here says:
What kind of a pu$$y has an internet comment lawsuit? You fuggin' spaz! Go back to Ohio, twerp!
July 16, 2019, 9:13 pm
Heather from Kensington says:
Put boots on the trucks. Or just slash the tires. That'll show 'em. Ticket 'em when they double-park or for moving violations.
July 17, 2019, 4:16 am
Mcwburg from Wburh says:
This bike lane should never have been built in the first place. It was a terrible waste of tax dollars. Even without the postal trucks parked there it is a dangerous on and off situation for such a short length of path. Plus the space between the pillars holding up the BQE is much too narrow for bikers to ride in both directions. Just another example of ignorant people who mean well but can't plan ahead or execute anything useful. Get rid of the bike lane and eat the cost of the mistake. Post-office needs to be moved to a more accommodating area. Perhaps under the hundreds if not thousands of parking spaces underneath the wburg bridge between driggs and wythe. Seriously - it's empty space where DOT uses not even a quarter of it. Or at least have another distribution center there. Build parking on the roof or just sell the land to a developer, then invest in New building for the postal service. Oh and don't forget the homeless couple who live on the bike lane. That is not an exaggeration. They really do live on it.
July 17, 2019, 9:39 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
So heather Nypd has zip jurisdiction over the fed Vandalism is not an option unless otisville looks good to you Peace out
July 17, 2019, 9:44 pm
Mark says:
Liberals are idiots. Stop putting asinine bike lanes where traffic needs to flow. All you do is ——
July 18, 2019, 1:14 am
Local actually from Here says:
Brilliant insight, Mark. Please tell us more! Do you have a newsletter to which I can subscribe? Idiot.
July 18, 2019, 9:32 am
Jason from BH says:
So much idiocy in the comments here, on the one hand from your usual MAGA halfwits who see bike lanes as some kind of liberal weapon of mass destruction, and on the other hand from people who believe that Federal workers are somehow immune from the law. They are NOT. No, you cannot ticket a USPS truck. But you sure as hell can order the driver to move under threat of arrest. USPS are a huge problem. We have much less need for them now - 90% of the mail delivered to my mailbox is promotional junk. USPS is basically subsidizing the distribution of marketing junk mail for corporations. Packages? UPS and FedEx deliver them far quicker and more reliably. USPS trucks are basically tooling around the city blowing reds, speeding and sitting in illegal and dangerous parking spots, seemingly immune from NYPD enforcement, all so that they can cram people's mailboxes with leaflets, catalogs and flyers they don't want. Something has to be done.
July 21, 2019, 11:10 am

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