Manhattan Community Board 2 Committee Meeting on SoHo Bike Lanes

Remember the push for a bike lane on Houston Street? On Tuesday, March 13, the NYC Department of Transportation will present and seek community feedback on:

  • Proposal for new Bleecker and Prince Street bike lanes and routes
  • Lower Manhattan Transit Priority Plan

Attend the meeting to show that you support bicycling and transit improvements in Lower Manhattan.

  • John Hunka

    I plan to attend the CB2 meeting to: 1) oppose the Bleecker Street/Prince Street proposal; and 2) advocate a protected two-way bike lane on Houston Street all the way across town from the FDR to the West Side Highway. A protected bike lane should be constructed on Houston Street for two reasons. First, the official NYC Cycling map, which is printed and distributed by the DOT, clearly designates Houston Street as a proposed/planned bicycle route. By contrast, neither Bleecker nor Prince Streets are marked as bike routes on DOT’s own cycling map! I would argue that since the DOT’s own map encourages cyclists to ride on Houston, then DOT has a duty to create a safe bike lane on Houston. Second, three cyclists have died on Houston Street during the past two years, so there is clearly an imperative need for a protected bike lane on Houston Street. I hope the Bloomberg Administration does something to protect cyclists on Houston before anyone else dies. In short, the DOT seems to be bending over backwards not to inconvenience motorists while it takes little baby steps to carry out the bally-hooed plan to make NYC a better place to cycle. We need protected bike lanes NOW, and not on little streets like Bleecker and Prince. We need them on major arterial routes like First Avenue, Second Avenue, and Houston Streets. I’m growing increasingly frustrated with the glacial pace of change on the transportation front on this city.

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