DOT to Unveil Plans for Chrystie Street Bike Lane Upgrade Next Week [Updated]

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Advocates’ concept for a two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street, from 2015. DOT will bring the agency’s plans to Manhattan CB 3 next Tuesday. Streetmix by Dave “Paco” Abraham

On Tuesday the Manhattan Community Board 3 transportation committee will get the first look at a plan for a two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street from Canal to Houston.

Chrystie is a key connection to the Manhattan Bridge but biking on it always involves dodging double-parked cars, trucks, and buses. Last year several local elected officials signed on to advocates’ campaign for a two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie, and DOT’s presentation comes about a year after CB 3 asked DOT for a protected bikeway.

The CB 3 agenda item is the first sure indication that DOT is going with a two-way protected lane. Tuesday’s meeting is set for 6:30 p.m.

Also next week: The Manhattan Community Board 6 transportation committee will discuss a “proposed enhancement of existing Second Avenue bicycle lane” between 34th Street and 59th Street. It’s not clear what the terms of the discussion will be, but replacing the sharrows on those 25 blocks with a protected lane would be a huge step forward for the Manhattan bike network. Together with a protected bike lane between 105th Street and 68th Street slated for later this year, it would close most of the 70-block gap on Second Avenue.

The Monday meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Mark your calendars.

Correction: An earlier version of this post said that CB 6 will hear from DOT about upgrading the Second Avenue bike lane. Instead, the meeting Monday will be an internal community board discussion, not a presentation from DOT.

  • BrandonWC

    There’s a bike lane on Second Avenue between 34th Street and 59th Street?!

  • BBnet3000

    On Chrystie the key will be how they treat the crosswalks. Will they interrupt the bike path with bulbouts and encourage pedestrians to wait in it to cross like on Allen/Pike Street?

  • r

    Gotta also hope that bike lane is much wider than DOT’s standard 2-way. Otherwise we’ll be back in a year or two needing a new lane to keep up with all the bike traffic.

  • ZB
  • Alexander Vucelic

    I’m thinking in a year or two there will be enough bikes to dominate a entire motor lane. Counterintuitive, but it might actually be bad to finally have a protected bike lane here.

  • Tyson White

    OMG, this would be so awesome. The current conditions are hell! And the new design doesn’t even take up any car lanes.

  • HamTech87

    Sharrow, not lane. Right?

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