New Bike Markings on the Upper West Side

It looks like the City’s promise to build out the bike network is already bearing fruit. Streetsblog reader Alex Kahl sends along these photos of new bike lane markings being striped on W. 77th and W. 78th Street near Columbus Avenue. Unlike the new, Class III, "shared lane" markings spotted yesterday in the middle of Clinton Street near Delancey, it looks like these are going to be Class II lanes running along the side of the street. 

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  • alex

    Parhaps I am a bit slow, but it hit me this afternoon that these markings may be part of an attempt to connect AMNH/CP with the Hudson River Green Belt. Has anyone seen if the bike lane markings extend all the way to Riverside Park?
    Perhaps there are plans for something similar near the Met/Gug or Whitney on the UES?

  • I can only hope that they are going to include the UES – which should be coming crosstown at 90/91 at a minimum.

  • Hannah

    Eeww, is that a dreaded “bike box” in the second photo?

    It bugs me that the law (or traffic code or whatever) prohibits bikes from riding on the left on streets less than 40 feet wide. Most one-way bike lanes, including these, are on the left because that’s usually the more sensible place to ride. Why do we need bike lanes to allow us to ride on the left?

  • Obviously, the solution is for bike mavericks to paint bike stencils every 20 feet on every street in the city, in every lane.

    Maybe we can get a grant.

  • Steve

    The lanes do extend all the way to Riverside, at least at 78th street (eastbound route). However they have yet to be marked on 77th Street between Columbus and CPW (which is a two-way street) and in the left lane of Columbus between 78th and 77th–both of which steps would be necessacry to connect the West Side Greenway with the CPW and CP Loop on the other. There are some “B”s spray-painted in those two areas suggesting that the connection will be made.

    This long overdue crosstown route is a great addition and although it is not yet fully installed we have been “staking it out” by traveling it as much as possible. One problem is that the left-hand strip of the roadway reserved for the lane is in dreadful condition with numerous 4″-6″ inch potholes. Is it standard operating procedure for DOT to fix problems like this when they install a bike lane? Or do they just paint the stripes over and next to the 6-inch potholes?

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    From: NYC DOT
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    To: Aaron Naparstek
    Subject: RE: [Streetsblog] Comment: “New Bike Markings on the Upper West Side”

    Aaron,

    The complaint regarding street defects was forwarded to our Manhattan street maintenance office.

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