Gale Brewer Launches Survey on Columbus Avenue Bike Lane

Since a working group of elected officials and community leaders studied and tweaked the design of the parking-protected bike lane along Columbus Avenue in February, things have been relatively quiet on the Upper West Side.

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Now that the lane, which runs from 77th to 96th Street, is a year old and residents have had some time to get used to it, City Council Member Gale Brewer has launched a survey to gauge the neighborhood’s reaction. Brewer supports the lane but wants to see if there are ways to improve the street further.

If you live, work, shop or otherwise travel on the Upper West Side, you can fill out Brewer’s survey here. It only takes a few minutes. The questions ask how the bike lane has affected safety, lawfulness, activity and comfort among all street users. It offers space for open-ended remarks on what works well and what ought to be changed.

Given the Columbus Avenue lane’s relative isolation — it has no north-south connections at either end and doesn’t have a protected northbound pair — it’s important to expand this safe cycling design and integrate it into the city’s network of protected bikeways. Filling out this survey can help move that process along.

  • Guest

    I don’t live there and haven’t used the bike lane, but last time I was in the neighborhood I remember seeing a taxi driving on the bike lane!

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    In the open comments part, I wrote that it’s a great street treatment, but it’s only useful if it’s extended north and south, plus a twin lane on Amsterdam in the other direction is needed.

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    In the open comments part, I wrote that it’s a great street treatment, but it’s only useful if it’s extended north and south, plus a twin lane on Amsterdam in the other direction is needed.

  • Anonymous

    I know this is a minor point, but I can’t get over how beautiful Columbus Avenue has become.  The avenue is now sprinkled with greenery in the bike lane buffers, and so much more pleasant to walk on.  

    I recall a Streetfilm where a community board chair described the plantings in some of the bike lane buffers — not sure this was Columbus Ave — that served to limit stormwater runoff.  We should do this on ALL our streets to help green our city.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the Streetfilm that I referenced below:  Go to 3:42 to see the guy talking about the plantings.

    http://www.streetfilms.org/complete-streets-its-about-more-than-just-bike-lanes/

  • LilyL

    I live on Columbus Avenue and find the new configuration to be just awful! It is much more dangerous for pedestrians trying to cross the avenue due to parked cars blocking view of the on-coming traffic. Terrible if you are walking with a small child or if you walk slowly. Also the car traffic is more congested. Getting in and out of cab or cars can be much more difficult on turn streets, and the loss of parking is a problem too. I will vote on only one issue for each local office: I will vote for any candidate that promises to work to eliminate this “experiment” on Columbus Avenue. Gail Brewer no loner has my support. Also, very unfortunately, many of  the newly planted small trees, planted on the tiny concrete islands on the avenue have died. This is not “beautiful” as one comment said. Please  come back and walk again…try crossing with a child, or dog or cart, or just slowly due to a limp.

  • LilyL

    I live on Columbus Avenue and find the new configuration to be just awful! It is much more dangerous for pedestrians trying to cross the avenue due to parked cars blocking view of the on-coming traffic. Terrible if you are walking with a small child or if you walk slowly. Also the car traffic is more congested. Getting in and out of cab or cars can be much more difficult on turn streets, and the loss of parking is a problem too. I will vote on only one issue for each local office: I will vote for any candidate that promises to work to eliminate this “experiment” on Columbus Avenue. Gail Brewer no loner has my support. Also, very unfortunately, many of  the newly planted small trees, planted on the tiny concrete islands on the avenue have died. This is not “beautiful” as one comment said. Please  come back and walk again…try crossing with a child, or dog or cart, or just slowly due to a limp.

  • Roberta Pliner

    AOL won’t let its users fill out surveymonkey forms,  or even comment on this form.   Or if not AOL, then something else blocks responses.   In other words, the opportunity to make
    one’s voice heard about the bike lane is just as dysfunctional as the bike lane itself.

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