This Week: CB 4 Considers Extending West Side Bike Lanes to 59th

This week brings big news for cyclists and pedestrians on Manhattan’s west side. On Wednesday, DOT will present plans to extend the Eighth and Ninth Avenue bike lanes north all the way to 59th Street. Right now, the Ninth Avenue protected lane begins at 30th Street while the Eighth Avenue lane switches from a protected lane to a painted lane at 34th Street. If upgraded to protected lanes, the redesign will bring safer walking and cycling past the Lincoln Tunnel and the Port Authority, through Midtown and the theater district, straight up to Columbus Circle.

In addition to the following events from the Streetsblog calendar, you can catch bike-share demonstrations at Bowling Green and at Brooklyn Flea this week.

Tonight: Manhattan Community Board 6’s transportation committee gets an update on the pop-up café program and discusses Baruch College’s proposal to turn a block of 25th Street into an open pedestrian plaza. 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday: Elected officials host the final public forum for East Siders to weigh in on plans to close the Midtown gap in the East River greenway. 5:00 p.m.

Also Tuesday: Streetsblog publisher Mark Gorton speaks at NYU’s Rudin Center on the harms caused by designing cities for the automobile, and how to redesign them for livable streets. 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday: DOT presents plans to extend the Eighth and Ninth Avenue bike lanes north to 59th Street to CB 4’s transportation committee. 6:30 p.m.

Friday: UMass Professor John Collura offers a morning seminar on transportation finance, evaluating a number of options for funding infrastructure as gas tax revenues continue to fall short. 9:30 a.m.

Saturday: Marches and group bike rides from across the city, led by climate expert Dr. James Hansen, converge on the United Nations to demand that world leaders work to halt climate change and move beyond fossil fuels. 12:00 p.m.

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

  • Ed Ravin

    Bronx folks, please check out the Parks Dept meeting on the Putnam Line trail paving project in Van Cortlandt Park, 6 PM at “Ranaqua”, 1 Bronx River Parkway this Wednesday, hopefully appearing on a Streetsblog calendar near you soon.  For more information, please see http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=283943411632127

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    this is super awesome news guys. if you live in that cb4 area, please show up. We need those safe routes extended all the way uptown. But this is a good start.

  • J

    Here is some more information regarding the meeting.
    http://chekpeds.com/?p=2011
    http://chekpeds.com/?p=2053

    This will be HUGE for connectivity in the cycling network. It is basically the first real connection between uptown and downtown (Broadway is too congested with peds, 6th & 8th Aves are currently double parking nightmares). Hopefully, this will soon link to the Columbus Ave lane. 9th Ave in the 40s is a traffic disaster, though, so backlash might be an issue.

  • Sunday: a day of mourning follows mass carnage on Saturday, as diplomatic motorcades mowed down bicyclists and marchers by the hundreds, before blithely speeding off.

    Initial police reports suggest that “no criminality is suspected.”  According to a NYPD spokesman, “Eh, what ya gonna do, they’ve got diplomatic immuu, immoo, immooniity, and anyway those marchers shoulda stayed on the sidewalk.”

  • UWS cyclist

    Extending the bike lanes on 8th & 9th Aves to 59th would be great. These are much more congested sections of these avenues and that is where separate bike lanes would make a real difference!