That hasn’t stopped cyclists from ascending the bridge, but in a few instances it has forced them to get creative.
You’ve seen the man who sang his way to personal space on the Brooklyn Bridge bike lane. Now, behold a cyclist who cleared the lane with the booming sound of a car horn:
In the above video, courtesy of YoutTube user actionkid105, you can see what cyclists crossing the bridge have to deal with on a daily basis: people walking in the bike lane, stopping to chat, posing for pictures, etc.
Since it happens so frequently, one might chalk the problem up to inadequate design—the skinny pathways simply can’t handle that many visitors, and people inevitably drift from one side into the other. A greater degree of separation may be in order.
Until then, however, it often falls to cyclists to make it known that the lane is, nominally, for their use alone. A bike bell might do the trick, vocal warnings might work even better, but nothing will make someone hop out of the way quite like the shrill honk of a car’s horn. (Learn the skills you need to ride on the streets with the Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills.)
As for the horn, it’s the work of a Boston-based company called, appropriately, Loud Bicycle. Begun in 2013, Loud Bicycle sells three different horns of varying intensities that cyclists can mount on their handlebars. Push it with your thumb, and emit a noise that sounds like it should be coming from a four-door sedan.
“Loud Bicycle’s mission is to make biking safer,” reads some promotional copy on the company’s website. “Our products give more people the confidence to bike—contributing to a healthier community, a cleaner environment, and more livable cities.”