Tonight: See DOT’s Plan for 16 More Blocks of 2nd Avenue Protected Bikeway

Second Avenue, pictured here between 58th and 59th Streets, is getting more protected bike lanes. Photo: Google Maps
DOT intends to close some but not all of the protected bikeway gap on Second Avenue, pictured here between 58th and 59th Streets. Photo: Google Maps

Later today, NYC DOT will present its plan to install a protected bike lane on Second Avenue between the Queensboro Bridge/59th Street and 43rd Street to the Manhattan Community Board 6 transportation committee. The project would significantly shrink the gaps in the southbound protected bike lane but still leave cyclists exposed for several blocks approaching both the bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

In January, Manhattan CB 8 endorsed DOT’s plan for a protected bike lane and pedestrian islands between 68th Street and 105th Street on Second Avenue. And last month DOT unveiled plans to close gaps in the First Avenue protected bike lane in Midtown.

On Second Avenue, DOT said the nine blocks above the bridge would have a “transitional” design of sharrows, implying that the gap would be filled in later. Until there’s a continuous protected route, however, people on bikes will still have to confront intense traffic and intimidating conditions on the streets near the two crossings between Queens and Manhattan.

If you want to speak up for safer biking on Second Avenue and convey the urgency of closing all the gaps, so there’s a continuous bikeway and safer pedestrian crossings along the length of the whole street, tonight’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the NYU School of Dentistry, at 433 First Avenue.

  • notsurprised

    A transitional design is going to get people hurt. At least now motorists mostly leave an entire lane of traffic to cyclists during rush hour. Any semblance of “bike-only” infrastructure and motorists will start feeling the need to “punish” cyclists not using it. By no means am I advocating vehicular cycling, but I fail to see DOT’s vision on bringing piecemeal design because they’re unable to figure out the midtown tunnel entrance.

  • JudenChino

    I think it could be ok if they aggressively noted that this is a shared lane. Like, I almost feel safe riding in second ave in midtown because they pretty aggressively display the fact that the far left lane is a shared lane (solid white line, signs every block, many sharrow imprints).

    But to truly get safety for the 59th street bridge mixing area as well as at around the QMT entrance area, could be accomplished with just real aggressive design. Like flexible bollards, changing color of road, other physical barriers . . . I get the inherent design limitations. But we can still make it safer by trying, I’d think.

  • Vooch

    second ave from 58th to 34th Is actually not horrible – enough cyclists to own the entire left Lane and occaisionally 2 lanes.

    Thrilled to Hear about possibly closing the Gap on 2nd.

    The section from 105 to around 96th Is surprisingly far along. Bet by November 2ndAve PBL will be Built Out to 68th.

    In 12 Months – UES will Have paired PBLs, Citibike to 96th, and possibly 20,000 workday bike trips. Woody Allen !!!!!!

  • BBnet3000

    Will we get a completely protected lane on any of the Manhattan Avenues within a decade of when they were started?

  • AnoNYC

    Still waiting on the 1st Ave fixes near the Willis Ave Bridge.

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    Here’s the .pdf of the presentation

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96
  • Thanks!

  • BBnet3000

    I’m a bit concerned about the use of the Low Profile Tuff Curb without any vertical posts. I can see people parking in this bike lane during rush hour when the adjoining lane is No Parking.

  • notsurprised

    I agree, seems like it would have a bigger chance of preventing cyclists from easily exiting the bike lane to avoid illegally parked cars than it would preventing drivers from parking in the bike lane.

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