Tonight: Crucial Meeting on Lafayette Street Protected Bike Lane

NYC DOT’s proposal for Lafayette Street and Fourth Avenue would swap the parking lane and the bike lane and slow speeding drivers with narrower motor vehicle lanes. Image: NYC DOT

NYC DOT’s proposal to upgrade the northbound buffered bike lane on Lafayette Street and Fourth Avenue to a protected lane is up for a vote at Community Board 2 tonight, and while the plan sailed through the board’s transportation committee earlier this month, a “Yes” vote is far from a sure thing. Redesign opponents who didn’t show up at the committee meeting are expected to make an appearance at the full board vote, and that could jeopardize the project.

The Lafayette redesign entails a simple change — flipping the current position of the parking lane and the bike lane, which will narrow crossing distances for pedestrians, protect bicyclists, and reduce speeding without removing traffic lanes. It’s an important step toward creating safer north-south biking conditions in the middle of Manhattan island, and tonight you can help put it over the top.

If you support a safer Lafayette Street, it’s important to turn out and prevent this opportunity from slipping away. To sign in to speak, show up by 6:00 at the Tishman Auditorium in the New School, 63 Fifth Avenue.

  • BBnet3000

    Same night as the Jamaica Bay Trail meeting?

  • dave “paco” abraham

    Unfortunately yes. Also a Brooklyn CB6 Transpo committee meeting. Fortunately there’s potentially great stuff happening for safe streets all over the city each day. Unfortunately, we can’t all be everywhere at all times so get any like minded friends you can to come out tonight for this!

  • Lora T.

    Another item on the Community Board 2, Manhattan agenda relates to pedestrian safety at two crossings on Lafayette Street — at Kenmare Street and at Broome Street. What has been asked for are conflict-free crossings and countdown lights at these two locations. Basically, that would mean when the light is green for pedestrians, the light will be red for vehicles making the turn and when the light is green for the turning vehicles, pedestrians have a don’t walk light. As many of you know, all vehicles must turn at Lafayette/Kenmare and most do turn at Lafayette/Broome. Most of these vehicles are on thru-traffic and the drivers don’t seem to have a mindset that they must yield to pedestrians.

  • Real NY’er

    Make the bike lane two-way.

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