Phantom bike lane appears where Sian Green was hit in New York

By Sam Dansie | Monday, September 30, 2013 10.30am

A guerilla activist group have spray-painted a phantom cycle lane on a busy Manhattan street on the spot where British tourist, Sian Green, was hit by a New York cab. Green lost her leg as a result.

The unauthorised and illegal cycle lane was stencilled in by the Right of Way group on 6th Avenue just over a week ago and runs for several blocks.   

The collective has been painting on street memorials at sites where cyclists and pedestrians have been knocked down and killed by cars for more than 15 years.

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"We’re doing something for the public good," Keegan Stephan, one of the founders of Right of Way, told the New York Times. "So I think it’s O.K., even if it’s illegal."

New York News station Pix 11 reported that the unsanctioned bike lane had split opinion. One cyclist said he doesn't ride anywhere where there isn't a cycle lane. A motorist said: "I think they've [cyclists] got to get themselves under control. I don't mind them on the street, but it is inherently dangerous."

In August, Sian Green from Leicester in the UK was walking near the corner of 49th Street on Sixth Avenue when the yellow cab ploughed into her. Her injuries meant her left leg had to be amputated below the knee.

The fashion student has been discharged from hospital and is set to return to the UK in the next few days, reports the Daily Mirror.

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