Important Meeting Tonight on New L.E.S. Bike Lanes

broken_stencil2.jpgManhattan Community Board 3’s Transportation Committee is holding a public meeting on the new bike lanes on Grand Street in the Lower East Side tonight at 6:30 pm at 273 Bowery (at Houston St.), University Settlement, Room 1. Details here. It is important that some bicycling advocates show up to this meeting. From Transportation Alternatives:

In November, the NYC Department of Transportation added a grand new bike lane all the way across Grand Street, from West Broadway to the FDR. It’s a solid improvement that’ll make Grand Street safer for the many cyclists who already ride there, and since it makes a nice connection to the Williamsburg Bridge and the East River Greenway, it’ll encourage even more people to ride bikes.

But now some members of Community Board 3 (East Village and Lower East Side, and generally very supportive of cycling) are demanding that the Department of Transportation remove the bike lane! They appear to have no good reason other than they just don’t like bikes.

Someone might also want to mention that the new bicycle stencils already seem to be peeling off of the asphalt.

Photo: Jason Varone

  • pics of cops sitting in this bike line two days after it’s laid down, despite there being practically NO ONE else on the street, can be found here and here.

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    If anyone who attended the meeting has any comments on it, post ’em here.

  • I attended the meeting. The bicycle coordinator from DOT defended the bike lane, and he specifically stated that the bike lane will not be removed. A couple of people from the neighborhood who attended the meeting voiced concerns about increased congestion and the lack of a turn lane for automobiles on Grand Street. In addition, Noah Budnick was there representing TA, and several of us folks from the neighborhood who use the bike lane thanked DOT for installing it. Also, the members of the Transportation Committee asked Noah if TA would be willing to work with the Community Board on issues regarding enforcement of the regulations against parking in bike lanes. Naturally, Noah said that TA would be happy to work with the Community Board on this issue, so expect to here more about his in the future.

  • That’s great. Thanks John!

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