ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bike lanes are usually made to keep cars away, but one Albuquerque street is causing confusion.
On Campus near Carlisle in Nob Hill, cars park on the bike lane.
“We’re expected to be there, only we can’t be,” said cyclist Jennifer Buntz.
“It defeats the purpose,” said another cyclist. “I mean like I said I prefer not to even cycle on this road. It’s a rare occasion that I’m on here.”
Cyclists said not only is it absurd, it’s dangerous.
“Having to swerve out of the bike lane to try and get around a parked car, you’re worried about cars coming behind you,” said one cyclist.
The City Municipal Development said it is a designated bike lane and cars should be ticketed or towed for parking there. But cyclists said they’ve never seen that happen and believe eliminating a bike lane would be safer.
“To me, it would be better to have the parking lane marked, and then expect that bicycles would be in the lane of traffic,” said Buntz.
Buntz said a bike lane cyclists can’t use, creates many problems.
“The reason I think this street should not have a bike lane is because it gives motorists the impression that that’s where a bicycle will be,” said Buntz.