Eyes on the Street: Green Lane Sighting on Second Avenue at 122nd Street

Streetfilms’ Elizabeth Press was uptown today working on a piece about East Harlem’s long-awaited protected bike lanes. She passes along this view of the almost-rideable green lane on Second Avenue. Waiting for paint to dry has never been so thrilling.

  • Ben Kintisch

    I can’t wait to ride up to East Harlem. Woopee!

  • Lisa Sladkus

    What a huge win for safety in this community! Way to go advocates and Melissa Mark-Viverito!!

  • J

    I rode on 2nd Ave yesterday, and it was open and rideable from 120th down to 115th. South of there, the lanes looked like they were still being painted, so this project is very close to being done. Great news for East Harlem. Now all we need is a complementary protected lane on 1st Ave.

  • KillMoto

    Gawd I’d have thought a DOT paint crew would look more official.  Trucks, reflective vests, signs…

    Makes the guerrilla bike-lane painter deep inside of me salivate, and plot and plan…

  • Anonymous

    It seems that they will also paint the new Central Park layout over the weekend, as there have been flashing signs this week saying “New street pattern starting Oct 22”.

    I’m all for adding new bike lanes, but please don’t forget to repaint the old ones every once in a while! I’ve been on many streets that have nearly invisible bike lanes.

  • I know one shouldn’t carp at these improvements – but I wish they’d use a different surface for these lanes. When it’s wet I find the New York DoT’s paint almost as slippery as the paint on London’s cycle superhighways (which I complained about here – 
    http://invisiblevisibleman.blogspot.com/2012/03/in-which-our-hero-picks-up-cycling.html ). London cyclists used actively to avoid riding on the superhighway surfaces in the wet, completely defeating their point.

    High-friction surfaces, with little bits of grit stuck to the road, cost a little more but it feels so much better riding on them in the wet. They’re even more called for in New York than London because the New York road surfaces seem to me to get particularly slippery in the rain.

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