Thursday, July 07, 2011

Video from Atlantic Yards Watch: idling Canadian truck carrying arena seating, improperly using Dean Street, blocks bike lane for an hour

The need for an Atlantic Yards ombudsman--er, community relations manager--remains, as Prospect Heights residents continue to notice apparently improper construction activities.

Shouldn't someone official be proactively responding, telling us, You're wrong, this isn't a problem, or Thanks for pointing this out, we're taking action so it doesn't happen again?

From Atlantic Yards Watch

AY Watch yesterday posted Canadian truck carrying prefabricated Barclays Center seating blocks local street's bike lane while idling:
A Canadian truck carrying prefabricated Barclays Center seating blocked the Dean Street bicycle lane at Vanderbilt Avenue for over an hour last night. The truck was headed to block 1129 where the seating is stored before being installed in the arena.

According to the local resident who supplied the video above, he first encountered the truck in the location shown in the video around 6:00 pm. The video was filmed over an hour later when he returned from dinner. At both times the truck was idling and sitting in the same place in the bicycle lane.

The truck was apparently violating NYC law. Not only is Dean Street not a NYCDOT designated truck route, in NYC trucks are only allowed to idle for 3 minutes. Blocking a bicycle lane is also not allowed.

The truck with Ontario license plates was associated with Active Transport Incorporated. According to the company, which is located in Milton, Ontario, it ships Barclays Center seats from Canada where they are prefabricated to Brooklyn. The company specializes in transporting large, difficult to move objects and equipment.

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