There’s No Excuse For Ride-Hail Services To Block Bike Lanes

In February, we joined a coalition, led by the Somerville Bicycle Committee, calling on ride-hail giants Uber and Lyft to better train the drivers in, and ensure they follow, the rules of the road. Specifically, we asked that they address the persistent problem of drivers illegally obstructing bike lanes when picking up and dropping off passengers. (In 2017, Governor Baker signed a law banning vehicles form parking or idling in bike lanes, which forces cyclists to dangerously veer into traffic.)

Already, we’re seeing progress. The Globe recently picked up the story, and both companies have said they’re willing to work with us to address this issue.

Stay tuned for updates on what steps these companies will take to increase compliance. And in the meantime, you can read the full letter below.