Here we are again. Or have we been here all along?
Groundhog Day may be a few days away, but New Yorkers are already experiencing a bit of déjà vu as they attempt to bike, walk and ride the bus several days after Winter Storm Jonas. Now that 99 percent of city streets have been plowed for car use, the Department of Sanitation will finally turn its attention to clearing bike lanes.
The past few years, slush and ice have lingered well after the initial snowfall, presenting serious obstacles for people on foot and two wheels alike. For this Throwback Thursday edition of MTR, we’re looking back at what New York City pedestrians and bicyclists have endured after storms in years past.
— Joanna Oltman Smith (@jooltman) January 29, 2015
During February 2014, the second snowiest February in New York City recorded history, the city had difficulty keeping up with requests to clear snow and ice from sidewalks according to Streetsblog. And WNYC reported that walking on those snow- and ice-covered streets was presenting especially hazardous challenges for people needing mobility aids just trying to carry out everyday tasks:
On West Houston Street, Lou, who declined to give her last name because her children told her not to leave the house while the streets are still icy, ran into a major obstacle.
“I got to the corner, and it wasn’t cleaned and a big high mound of ice,” Lou, who uses a walker, said. “I found a very nice gentleman who helped me over it, otherwise I couldn’t have made it.”
She said she hadn’t left the house all week, but finally had to get groceries.
The bike lanes, naturally, had been left to become living ice sculptures.
— Alan (@akgerber) February 28, 2014
— Tri-State (@Tri_State) February 22, 2014
After 11.4 inches fell during the February 2013 nor’easter, the Kent Avenue bike lane remained half-plowed. Because who uses a full bike lane anyway?
— Mellow Yellow (@critmasspanic) February 9, 2013
New York hasn’t always been this way. Back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, after a major snowfall, pedestrian space seemed to be more of a priority.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 25, 2016
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