CB 1 Committee Endorses DOT Plan for Tribeca Bike Lanes

Routes with new sharrows and bike lanes are indicated in blue. Work is set to commence north of Canal Street next week. Image: DOT

The Tribeca committee of Manhattan Community Board 1 passed a resolution last week in support of a DOT proposal to add bicycle lanes on Church Street and West Broadway [PDF].

The plan was modified from an earlier version to expand pedestrian space on the triangle between Sixth Avenue, Church Street, White Street, and Franklin Street. The new plan also squeezes in an additional car lane on Sixth Avenue from Walker Street to West Broadway, and moves the bike route from the sidewalk along one block of Varick Street, between Canal and Laight Streets, to a new granite strip proposed for the cobblestone roadway.

The committee passed the resolution last Tuesday by a 5-1 vote. The plan now heads to the full board on September 24. Bike lanes could be complete by the end of this year, with the granite strip installed next year.

DOT says work on street markings that were endorsed by CB 2 as part of the same project — a combination of sharrows and bike lanes that extend north of Canal Street to Washington Square — is scheduled to start next week.

“We continue to work with Community Board 1 on this effort to provide safe bike lane connections between Tribeca and Union Square,” said a DOT spokesperson.

  • Fleet Operator

    Hello,

    I am the nefarious owner of a large fleet of large trucks, and we are constantly making very important deliveries to very important people in this area. We have been looking for a place to idle our many vehicles while my minion drivers await my command, and this new “buffered bike lane” on Sixth Avenue will provide my business a wonderful staging opportunity.

  • Michael Klatsky

    lol. Welcome to the DOF’s Commercial Vehicle violation program.

  • Michael Klatsky

    Still no protected bike lane from Midtown to Lower Manhattan – all the protected paths break down around Houston.

  • J

    Allen/Pike is pretty good, and it sort of links with 1st/2nd Ave protected lanes. It takes you to the East River Greenway, which then takes you all the way down to the Battery.

    That said, it is obvious to any casual observer that new buffered lanes on major Manhattan Avenues will instantly be filled with double-parked cars and trucks. I really don’t understand why we keep building these semi-functional bike lanes.

  • Michael Klatsky

    The path on 8th & 9th ave are buffered using concrete. Those paths have high utilization and breakdown around Houston Street.

    Those routes are particularly important because suburban commuters from Long Island and NJ via rail at NY Penn and bus at the PABT can use citibikes to make the last mile of their commute and reduce the overcrowding on the 7th ave and 8th ave subways 1/2/3 & A/C/E). They are a particularly easy to sway, because suburban rail tickets are in the $300+ range, and spending money on the subway is something they don’t really want to do.

  • J

    Agreed. 8th & 9th are very important and desperately need to be extended and have the gaps filled. Port Authority is a mess on 8th. There is no connection between 8th & CPW. There is a huge gap between Columbus & 9th. Most glaring, however, is that CB2 unanimously endorsed a protected bike lane on Hudson St, which would serve as a continuation of both the 8th & 9th lanes.

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/11/21/manhattan-cb-2-votes-unanimously-for-hudson-street-bike-lane-upgrade/

    Instead, DOT restriped the buffered lane. i don’t get it. With all the opposition to so many protected lanes, this one seemed like a freebie, and the DOT just ignored it and kept the status quo. The Hudson Square BID also want protected bike lanes.

  • Marcus

    Instead of extending a sliver of painted median, why not just close Church between Franklin and White? I can’t imagine there is that much traffic heading north on Church. It wouldn’t be any different than closing Broadway between 72nd and 73rd for the new 1,2,3 headhouse. Same goes for West Broadway between Franklin and Leonard. What happened to DOT’s imaginative street closings?

  • Simon

    “The new plan also squeezes in an additional car lane…”

    Is this a dedicated car lane? Or a general traffic lane?

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