This guerrilla bike lane made with flower pots forces city’s hand to take pro-cyclists measures and shows the whole world how it’s done! A Boston cyclist was sick and tired of riding his bike all over town on dangerous stretches of road that were not built for cyclists and their needs.
He decided to take matters into his own hands and the results are absolutely fantastic! We’ve seen how this guy from New York decided to fight the NYPD for giving him a ticket for not riding on the bike lane, by making an incredibly funny and revealing video that instantly went viral, and now it’s Boston’s turn to shine.
Massachusetts Avenue is a dangerous place for cyclists, and drivers hardly ever pay attention to the stripes that mark the bike lane. Not anymore, said this Boston cyclist who decided that a guerrilla bike lane made with flower pots will solve the problem and would force the City of Boston to take pro-cyclists measures.
After one cyclist was killed by a truck driver on the bike lane, the city’s officials promised to fix the problem, but, as usual, they didn’t do anything and this is why somebody had to take matters into his own hands and make a statement that must travel the world!
Jonathan Fertig started dropping off orange construction cones and flower pots along the edges of the bike lanes and drivers were no longer able to not “notice” the bike lane, destined exclusively for cyclists.
“I’ve been growing increasingly frustrated over the past year,” says Jonathan Fertig. “When a young woman was killed by a truck driver last month while riding the route that I ride every day it hit me in an unexpectedly personal way. I was searching for a way that I could do something to amplify to fury that many of us in the walking and cycling advocacy community were feeling.” he added.
The potted flowers also have a symbolic connection to the place where a cyclist was killed by a truck: “Flowers are also beautiful and entirely non-confrontational in their own right,” Fertig says. “I liked the concept of using them in an act of civil disobedience. … I am a child of hippies, after all.”
After his successful attempt to push the city’s hand into making more pro-cycling and pro-cyclists ways of commuting around town, Johnathan Fertig is now raising money online to add more flower pots and ways to separate the bike lanes, on Massachusetts Avenue.
Let’s spread this message of love and justice all over the world and make the killing of cyclists a thing of the past. Let’s bring back our cities to the people!