This Week: UWS Cycle Tracks, High Bridge Rehab, Bike Month

This week’s schedule is chock-a-block with discussions on city bike and pedestrian facilities, past, present and future. If you need more, there are lots of great Bike Month NYC events happening daily. 

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

  • Whoops! Wendesday’s Community Board 6 meeting needs a calendar entry.

    For folks interested in the First and Second Avenue cycle tracks–and concerned about the use of a sharrowed, shared bike-motor vehicle lane on the 15-block stretch of 2nd Avenue from 59th to 34th Street–this is the big one. Community stakeholders (those who live, work or otherwise have a significant stake in Community District 6, map here) who want to see some form of protection for cyclists through this most dangerous part of Second Ave. are urged to attend. Because it is a meeting of the full board, community stakeholders who arrive by 6:45 and sign up to speak should be permitted to give a short (one or two minute) statement. We need as many people to turn out and speak in favor of closing this midtown gap in the Second Ave. bike route as possible!

    At two prior meetings of the CB6 Transportation Committee, numerous cycling advocates turned out to urge design enhancements, but most were prevented form speaking by the Committee chair, who isn’t required to give every speaker a chance. Streetsblog covered the most recent instance of this in a post. Unfortunately, in the absence of robust debate and in a close and questionably-tallied vote, the Transportation committee voted against an amendment calling for a buffered bike lane in the Second Ave. gap.

    But despite these procedural hurdles, DoT has responded to cycling advocates by upgrading its First Avenue design to include buffered bike lanes in the midtown gap area, and DoT seems to remain open to a request from CB6 for further enhancements. Last month, cycling advocates gathered hundreds of handwritten letter from CB6 community stakeholders to CB6 Chair mark Thompson, who will be chairing Wednesday’s meeting. So Wednesday represents cycling advocates’ best chance for a maximum impact on the SBS corridor design.

    Please come at 6:45, sign up, and speak!

    Wednesday, May 12
    Sutton Place Synagogue
    225 East 51st Street (bet. 2nd/3rd)

    Note: community stakholder comments are first substantive item on the agenda–you will not be forced to sit through entire meeting in order to speak.

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