It's been nearly four days since the second-largest snowstorm in New York City history, and after some ugliness in Queens, New York's streets seem to be mostly plowed. The bike lanes—and of course the crosswalks—are another matter entirely.

Take Flushing Avenue near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a major thoroughfare for bike commuters that runs in two directions, separated from car traffic for several blocks:

Here's Sands Street, the two-way protected path leading to/from the Manhattan Bridge:

Downtown Brooklyn:

Kent Avenue, one of Williamsburg cyclists' main connections to the outside world.

Things aren't looking much better in Manhattan:

First Avenue bike lane

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Or at Queens Plaza:

For on-street bike lanes, as with crosswalks, the fallen snow seems to have been made worse by plow drivers piling more on top as they clear lanes for cars.

But there are some signs of hope.

The Central Park loop is plowed, as is the Prospect Park loop (thanks Parks Department), and part of Columbus Avenue. Rogue parkers remain a problem, though:

The Department of Transportation does seem to have cleared some East River bridges.

Reached by phone, a DOT spokesman said that snow removal is the Sanitation Department's responsibility and questioned whether his agency had in fact cleared the Manhattan Bridge.

"We have no machines to plow the streets," Jose Bayona said. When told that vehicles with DOT insignias were photographed plowing the bridge, he said to email him the details of our inquiry, and that he would look into it.

Emailed lists of questions to both departments about how bike-lane-clearing is prioritized, how many workers are dedicated to it, and when it should be done were not answered at press time.

Austin Horse, a food-delivery worker turned bike messenger who currently (and frequently) ranks the fastest messengers in the world, is currently laid up with a broken hand, but has a lot of experience with biking in the winter in New York City. His job gives him no other option. Horse said delivery workers have "already made our peace with riding amongst cars," but that the snow and the city's blasé attitude about clearing bike routes means "It's slower and it's more treacherous. You don't know what you're going to slip on."

Having dealt with such conditions for a decade, he has a fairly zen/New Yorker attitude about the whole thing.

New Yorkers are pretty good about dealing with aggravation, and if it’s an aggravation that everyone experiences universally, like a huge blizzard or whatever, sure you might get someone honking at you because you had to take the lane, but that’s just how it is.

Still, he says that the condition of the city's bike infrastructure shows where the city's priorities are, and that cyclists are just one of several groups that are an afterthought to the cleanup process.

It's totally classist and racist. You can see that just by looking at the difference between the way the city treats Manhattan and every single other borough. Car drivers in Queens right now are kind of getting as screwed as bikers are in general or [pedestrians] are in general.

As far as tips for safe and comfortable winter cycling, Horse recommended warm clothes, tires with good traction, and toe warmers.

"I'm a huge fan of toe warmers," he said.

Frustrated or imperiled on your way to work? Send your photos of snow-packed bike lanes to or share them on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #plowbikelanes.

With Miranda Katz