This is on Albany’s Salem Avenue, where homeowners have swept the autumn leaves into the street in the hope that sooner or later, the piles will be picked up. And usually that happens, eventually.
The city has asked people not to block bike lanes with piles of leaves. But what choice do they have? They can’t pile them up in the traffic lanes.
Well, the city has also asked homeowners to leave about a foot along the gutter clear for rainwater to flow. If people did that, bike riders could use that gap and would not have to get into or close to the traffic lanes. But it’s not always possible.
Motorists might want to keep all this in mind. If a cyclist is in sight and there are leaf piles ahead, try to give the pedaler a little extra room by driving to the left of your lane, just as the vehicles in the photos are doing. (hh)