City trash collectors create garbage-can walls along Ninth Street bike lane

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Talk about trashy.

A Park Slope lawyer says he witnessed workers from the Department of Sanitation creating barricades out of garbage cans along the Ninth Street bike lane to protest cyclists.

Sloper Adam White noticed several walls of trash cans blocking the protected bike lane on his ride into the Prospect Park YMCA early Saturday morning.

The cyclist at first chalked the hazards up to simple negligence — until he spotted municipal trash haulers deliberately placing the cans in the lane. When he confronted them, White says one of the waste collectors went on a long rant about cyclists, who he accused of riding recklessly and wreaking havoc on city streets.

“He was going ‘you bicyclists this’ and you ‘bicyclists that,’” White said. “That’s when I realized this was an intentional act.”

White tried reasoning with the saboteurs, saying he respected them and their work, but the garbage men refused to clean up their mess.

“I literally said ‘I love you guys, why are you doing this?’ I guess they thought I was being sarcastic,” he said.

White, an attorney who represents crash victims, said he knows a thing or two about the danger cyclists face on the road, but that he’s never seen a professional driver intentionally create hazards for bikers.

“When you have professional drivers out there with that mindset it’s kind of scary,” White said. “We can’t tolerate that sort of act of deliberate hostility.”

DSNY drivers have killed two pedestrians in the past year, including Alberto Leal, a Crown Heights resident who was killed in October of last year when a sanitation driver turned the wrong way onto a one way street. Another pedestrian was killed by a DSNY salt truck driver in the Bronx in January.

The Sanitation Department has a much better driving record than the private carting industry, where workers are pushed to drive recklessly to increase profits and were involved in 67 crashes between March 2016 and April 2018, killing five people, according to a report by the Transform Don’t Trash NYC labor coalition. Cyclists have killed five pedestrians since 2014.

The Ninth Street bike lane was added in 2018, as part of traffic calming changes made to the two-way artery after a driver killed two children and sent three adults – including a pregnant woman – to the hospital.

The Sanitation Department says it is investigating the incident and may take disciplinary action, depending on its findings.

“The Department is investigating the report, and could take disciplinary action, depending on our findings,” said DSNY spokesperson Belinda Mager.

Updated 5:43 pm, October 28, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Tyler from pps says:
This is corruption. Do your jobs properly.
Oct. 28, 2019, 2:15 pm
R Farrell from Park Slope says:
Bikers have no regard for pedestrians & traffic I am a senior citizen & they come barreling down 9 street I have to Get out of my car Sevice in the middle of the street Pass parked cars & bike lane to access sidewalk & they come spending down the block - I have been almost knocked over many times The bikers have a sense of entitlement & the city is encouraging this behavior- They do not pay toll- they do not have a license - they do not have insurance & now the lights are timed to accommodate them We drivers & pedestrians are left to fend for ourselves!!! What about children & the elderly - what are you doing for us?????
Oct. 28, 2019, 4 pm
Fiddle Faddel from Flatlands. says:
So just slow down and carefully go around the garbage. What's the big deal here?
Oct. 28, 2019, 4:26 pm
Nonni from 9th from Park Slope says:
Fiddle Faddel, The bicycle lane on 9th Street is next to the parked cars, which are next to the two way traffic lanes. Surely you don't mean for the bicyclists to go around the garbage cans and merge with the oncoming traffic?
Oct. 28, 2019, 5:23 pm
Christina Tairi from Bensonhurst says:
They are just doing their job? Not purposely blocking the bike lane? They only this everywhere. They have a hard job. It just happens to be in the bike lane. Why are bikers never happy and complain and whine about everything?
Oct. 28, 2019, 5:25 pm
Cornfed Husky says:
Would you like city employees using your property to endanger people?
Oct. 28, 2019, 6:41 pm
R Farrell from Park Slope says:
Motorists have no regard for pedestrians & cyclists. I am a citizen & they come barreling down 9th street. I have to Get out of my car Service in the middle of the street Pass parked cars & the bike lane to access the sidewalk & they come spending down the block - I have been almost killed many times. The motorists have a sense of entitlement & the city is encouraging this behavior- They do not pay for parking - they usually do not have a license - they usually do not have insurance & they run the lights that are are timed to accommodate them. We cyclists & pedestrians are left to fend for ourselves!!! What about children & the elderly - what are you doing for us?????
Oct. 28, 2019, 8:26 pm
Jerry Krase from Park Slope says:
I live on 9th street, and am a regular cyclist. As with so much about the lack of public input to the planning for protected ones, which I favor, someone forgot to ask sanitation workers whose distance for carrying refuse has been doubled by the ill-designed pathway. Also please note that since they have been in place injuries to both cyclists and pedestrians have increased because of irritated drivers, and reckless cyclists who are aggravated by incredible congestion. bring your camera to the 9th st intersections as 8 am everyday, and especially on collection dates. the best routes for bikes in park slope are 8th and 10th streets which are much calmer. another great idea would be streets devoted solely to commuting cyclists to downtown.
Oct. 29, 2019, 8:43 am
Tyler from pps says:
Give me a break, Jerry. The Sanitation workers could also have trucks with hydraulic arms and standardized garbage bins like a million other cities, but the sanitation union fights against that to protect these back-breaking jobs. So, if an extra 6 feet is that much of a hardship, maybe their job should change. BY THE WAY, taking the time to make little trash can forts has nothing to do with how hard their work is. Seriously, give me a break.
Oct. 29, 2019, 9:53 am
SO from Clinton Hill says:
Imagine the Holy Hell that would break loose if he had obstructed vehicular lanes with trash cans.
Oct. 29, 2019, 10:01 am
Celia from Kensington says:
I'm for supporting cyclists, but I hope this same lawyer and supporters fought to defend sanitation unions. Many private haulers in NYC have crushed their unions and operate bottom-feeding, cutthroat businesses that push drivers to break laws, work too fast, and work way too many hours, creating dangerous conditions for all of us.
Oct. 29, 2019, 10:26 am
Resident from Park Slope says:
This is a route I use to take my children by bike to and from Little League games in Prospect Park. Shame on these people for endangering us.
Oct. 29, 2019, 10:53 am
Bike Rider from Born and raised in Brooklyn says:
You see a garbage truck when you’re riding your bike, slow down or get off your bike and walk it. If you see the truck more than likely theirs 2 sanitation workers doing their jobs. They would like to get home to their families alive and in one piece.
Oct. 29, 2019, 1:17 pm
Bicyclist/Driver/Pedestrian from Born and Raised in Brooklyn says:
Bike Rider from Born and raised in Brooklyn, I don't think you read the article. The sanitation workers purposely lined the cans across the bike lane (see picture) while ranting about cyclists. A new kind of culture war has come to Brooklyn -- and it's disturbing.
Oct. 30, 2019, 7:55 am
Bicyclist/Driver/Pedestrian/Human from Brooklyn native says:
Bike Rider from Born and raised in Brooklyn, I don't think you read the article. The sanitation workers purposely lined the cans across the bike lane, while ranting about bicyclists. It wasn't a matter of "doing their job." A new kind of culture war has come to the city -- and as someone who bikes, drives, and walks in the city, I find it frightening and sad.
Oct. 30, 2019, 7:58 am
Johhny from UES says:
I remember a time when there were no bike lanes, where like any other human being with common-sense would've had the intellect to carefully go around any obstruction while cycling. I guess those days are over.
Oct. 30, 2019, 12:15 pm
The Irishman from South Brooklyn says:
To the resident who’s says they transport their children by bike on 9th st. You should be locked up for child endangerment. People like you make my head spin. If you want to ride your bike in traffic fine but don’t endanger children. Very foolish
Oct. 30, 2019, 1:12 pm
Al from Bronx says:
These cyclists are reckless dangerous and expect the street to be theirs! Meanwhile cars and trucks pay extra taxes and fees to have access to the streets and these cyclist come off curbs flying end up under trucks and want to blame the driver for their own foolishness! They should be forced to pay taxes on their bikes for road access! They want so much for nothing! Smh
Oct. 30, 2019, 2:35 pm
Big John Bklyn from Bensonhurst says:
All these bike lanes have created a traffic nightmare in NYC, for the small amount of bike riders it isn’t worth it, when I was growing up we knew how to ride our bikes, no helmets, no bike lanes, society needs to toughen up and stop complaining about every little thing! Social media has become an avenue for entitled ——s to complain about everything, it shows me how miserable their lives are! Toughen up!
Oct. 30, 2019, 3:11 pm
Wally from Windsor terr. says:
Get the facts straight.bikes are flying down 9th st with no regard for these he puts the pails there to protect himself.these bike riders are reckless and going faster than the 25 mph speed limit...wake up NYC.
Oct. 30, 2019, 5:03 pm
heebee Jeebee from Bayridge. says:
If the bikesters can jusr slow down, look, & listen they can wait until it is safe to venture into the street. Instead they prefer to speed up and swerve instead. This is reckless and dangerous. Bike lanes in themselves can not prevent accidents and fatalities.
Oct. 30, 2019, 6:03 pm
Sammi from Brooklyn from Park slope says:
Bike riders are total Jerkoffs... Polly trottenberg is a domestic terrorist...She deserves a lengthy prison sentence or deportation to a third world country...
Oct. 30, 2019, 6:43 pm
Cal S Tenics from Canarsie says:
In situations like this you will find them pedaling on the sidewalk,buzzing the streetwalkers; which they prefer to staying within the lines of the bike lane.
Oct. 30, 2019, 7:54 pm
Brooklyn Native from Carroll Gardens says:
Al from the Bronx, all cyclists are reckless and dangerous? And all cars are perfectly law abiding and hew to the rules of the road? You must be travelling on different streets than I am. Not a day goes by that I don’t see a car run a red light, speed around corners into crosswalks or drive well over the speed limit. And the damage they can do is much more substantial than any bicyclist. If you ask me (a driver, bicyclist and walker), it’s drivers who have been the entitled ones and are now having a hissy for because they need to share the road.
Oct. 30, 2019, 8:01 pm
Tired of you ferries from Who cares says:
Stop your whining these bike lanes are the death of this city And I hole they go with deblasio and his dirty wife
Oct. 31, 2019, 8:56 am
Local from Here says:
All the commenters above posting negativity against cyclists would cry like babies if the sanitation worker put these trash cans in there precious parking spots. That's a fact!
Oct. 31, 2019, 9:22 am
Tyler from pps says:
"Meanwhile cars and trucks pay extra taxes and fees to have access to the streets" THAT IS NOT TRUE. The city streets are paid for with CITY coffer money. Done. Stop saying your (and my) registration fees paid to the State of New York contribute anything to the maintenance of and "access" to the city street. It's false. Wrong. And foolish. Property taxes, sales taxes and other CITY revenue pay for the roads.
Oct. 31, 2019, 9:55 am

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