A group is painting fake NYC bike lanes in response to ugly cab accident

In some parts of the city designated bike lanes are respected.

In others, they’re a mere suggestion, and on 6th Avenue they are painted on demand.

Those are not official markings – but custom jobs, spray-painted on the Avenue of the Americas about 25 to feet apart from 42nd street and several blocks north.

It’s true that – for some riders – new bike lanes are about as meaningful as an ignored red traffic light.

But “Right of Way” – the organization responsible for the ad hoc street markings – is trying to make the world a safer place for people who pedal.

Fake Bike Lane

In fact, for the last 17-years, “Right of Way” has been stenciling in “street memorials” for pedestrians and cyclists struck and killed by drivers.

But it launched its newest campaign following a near fatal accident involving a dispute between a cyclist, taxi driver and a tourist who lost her leg, when the cab barreled up onto the sidewalk and mowed her down.

So the question is – do the “Right of Way’s bike markings, actually make the streets any safer?

PIX11 met one pedi-cab driver isn’t complaining.

“It’s not a bike lane. The guys just make it there before yesterday night. They come in, they want bike lane, on 6th ave, between 42nd and up,” the driver said.

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