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Cyclists rage about horse carriages blocking new 10th Avenue bike lane

It’s not a stable situation.

Bikers in the city are complaining that a Hudson Yards horse-drawn carriage driver driving into Central Park is violating their lane.

Cyclists complain that buggies are jamming the newly widened bike lane on 10th Avenue between West 38th Street and West 52nd Street, forcing them to slow down or go off the sidewalk altogether. is leaking.

“I don’t want to get kicked by a horse,” said cyclist Daval Power, 34, of Hell’s Kitchen. “I use the 10th Street bike lane almost every day. It’s convenient and I feel safer, but not when the jockeys are there.”

After that point, the bike lane narrows again and the horse-drawn carriage merges into the regular car lane.

A Post reporter saw 15 horse-drawn carriages zipping along the busy road Friday, 10 of them taking advantage of the expanded bike path and five remaining in the roadway.

Several cyclists were forced to abandon the designated lane to avoid the slow-moving buggy.

Cyclists complain that horse-drawn carriage drivers are clogging expanded bike lanes at Hudson Yards. James Messerschmitt
Cyclists say they are forced to leave bike lanes to avoid buggies. James Messerschmitt
Horse-drawn carriage drivers say bikers have space to get around. James Messerschmitt

Horse-drawn carriage driver Alex Eden Uzun, 30, told the Post he regularly hears angry bikers admonishing him to “get off the road.”

Rider Dhaval Power, 34, of Hell’s Kitchen, said he uses the 10th Avenue bike lane every day.

“I don’t feel safe at all,” Poire said, adding: “I don’t want the horse to kick me!”

But Wooden said horse-drawn carriage drivers don’t have good options along the route and can be exposed to hate wherever they travel.

If they use the car lane, taxis will yell at them to scuttle elsewhere.

“Taxi’s don’t like us because we’re slow. We only go five miles an hour. It makes more sense to share the lane with a bike than with a car,” he said.

Local politicians are calling on the NYPD to name horse-drawn carriage drivers who use the lane. James Messerschmitt

Wooden said he would rather address biker complaints than put his horses at risk.

“It’s good for the horses and it’s good for traffic,” he said. “Some cyclists yell, ‘Get out of the bike lane,’ but we don’t take up the entire bike lane. Cyclists can easily pass us.”

In addition, Wooden argued that bike lanes become an even more attractive option because horse-drawn carriages block car traffic to avoid double-parked trucks.

He also pointed out that e-bikes, which use special lanes, pose a far greater risk than domestic animals.

“We see quite a lot of e-bike collisions with pedestrians, which happen once or twice a week, but we’ve never seen a horse collide with a pedestrian,” he said. Told.

One cyclist stood by his point, arguing that bike lanes could be home to both beasts and bikes.

“I’d rather have a horse on a bike than a hole driver,” said Chad Tucker, who uses the 10th Avenue bike lane every day.

James Messerschmitt

Mr. Tucker, a former horse-drawn carriage driver in Charleston, South Carolina, added: Horses should be protected. “

But City Councilman Eric Bottcher criticized the horse-drawn carriage drivers who used the path and called for the NYPD to intervene if necessary.

“Horse-carriage drivers use our bike lanes as their own express lanes into the park. We just got bike lanes on 10th Avenue, and we’ve been getting a lot of calls and people asking us to stop bike lanes. They send us pictures of horse-drawn carriages in dedicated lanes,” Bottcher said in a statement. “This is called a bike lane, not a horse lane.”

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