How About Two Bike Lanes Per Street?

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Now for something completely different: Clarence Eckerson snapped these photos of a double bike lane on both sides of Second Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets. The new street design also includes a rather massive bike box.

Has New York City ever had a street with bike lanes running along both sides? This seems to be a new one.

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  • #49 hows that saying food necessity is the mother of invention,
    “lets bring on the bike liberation clowns”

  • i meant to say “bring on the bike box liberation” clowns

  • srock

    I think the bike boxes are a good move and that the double lane is worthwhile because 1) it separates pedestrians from bikers and 2) makes drivers more aware of the fact that there are bikers on the roads. A separated bike lane is always preferable, but I imagine that the cost is much greater than the paint that is required for boxes or lanes.

  • jack

    “The negative is that they encourage unsafe bicycling behavior and also unnecessarily increase the complexity of the intersection, which could make it even more dangerous.”

    Perhaps true for some cyclists, but don’t sidewalks and curbs also increase complexity and make autos more dangerous since they create a false sense of security for pedestrians and drivers too? If that’s the criteria then let’s eliminate all stop and speed limit signs also.

    At least NYers are willing to experiment and learn while most of America blissfully cruises in SUVs while listening to their favorite iPod tunes and text-messaging.

    Good luck and keep us informed.

  • Gonna have to agree with srock, more good than bad out of this. Besides, it’s always good to be ahead of the cyclists while waiting for the light, makes you more visible to the motorist, which is the idea here. As for the dual bike lanes, another nice step, it avoides having a cyclist restricted to one side of the street and he/she can make turns for whichever side of the street now.

    Oh, does anybody have news on those Class 1 bike lanes they’re doing on 9th Avenue? Haven’t been reading up on that, are they up? Pictures?

  • peteathome

    The separated bike lanes being referred to are known as “side paths”. They were tried extensively in the USA starting in the early 70s, especially on the west coast.

    As mentioned repeatedly, they make intersections much more dangerous. So they are OK were there are very few intersections, say along a riverfront or other natural barrier. But they are horrible in urban areas with many intersections.

    That’s why they have been dropped by most bicycling infrastructure advocates.

    Even the Danish study showed this, and they’ve been doing these things non-stop since the 60s.

  • if the bikebox streets have the crosswalk countdown timers, it would be safer for the bicyclist to cross.

  • Those countdown timers are still under NYCDOT trials. I think if they pass the trial, they’ll become standard at all intersections.

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