This Week: Protected Bike Lane By Van Cortlandt Park, Fair Fares, Remembering Gelacio Reyes

There's no reason for Broadway next to Van Cortlandt Park to be so wide. Image: Google Maps
There's no reason for Broadway next to Van Cortlandt Park to be so wide. Image: Google Maps

Streets alongside parks are low-hanging fruit for protected bike lanes because the scarcity of intersections reduces potential conflicts between cyclists and drivers. And when that street is wide, prone to speeding, and blocks safe access to the park, the traffic-calming benefits of a protected bike lane are all the more necessary.

That’s why streets like Prospect Park West in Park Slope and 111th Street in Corona made so much sense for protected bike lanes. The same conditions apply to Broadway in the northwest Bronx, where it borders Van Cortlandt Park.

Tomorrow, DOT will present a plan to add a protected bike lane to that stretch of Broadway, from 240th Street to the city line.

Here are this week’s highlights. Check the full calendar for more info on these and other events.

  • Monday: Manhattan Community Board 5’s transportation committee will hear DOT’s plan for a protected bike lane 7th Avenue — four blocks of the project are in CB 5’s Midtown turf. Bryant Park Corporation, 111 West 40th Street, #2400 at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Join the Riders Alliance to rally on the steps of City Hall for discount MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers. 12:45 p.m. — RSVP here.
  • Also Tuesday: DOT presents the bike-share expansion map planned for Brooklyn Community Board 8. Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, 727 Classon Avenue, at 7 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: Bronx CB 8 gets a look at DOT’s plan for a protected bike lane on Broadway along Van Cortlandt Park. Kelly Ryans Restaurant, 5790 Mosholu Avenue, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Members of TransAlt and Ciclistas Latinoamericanos de New York will remember Gelacio Reyes, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver on April 1, by riding his route home and installing a white “ghost” bike in his honor at the site where he lost his life. The ride starts at 10 a.m. at Oaxaca Taqueria, 1198 1st Avenue, in Manhattan — more details on Facebook.

Watch the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

  • crazytrainmatt

    A Van Cortlandt protected lane along Broadway would be great but disconnected piece of infrastructure. It’s certainly an improvement but the ugly bit is from 240th down to Dyckman in Manhattan where the Hudson and East River greenways begin. Maybe Cuomo’s trail by the Major Deegan will help somewhat.

    Since the trails crossing VCP itself are largely unsuitable for biking (and many are bifurcated by the double set of highways with interchanges), the rest of the park periphery should have bike lanes too. The south edge of VCP could use a protected lane to replace the circuitous path to the Mosholu greenway. And along Jerome/233/VCP E would be a huge asset, especially given the bad shape of the Putnam and Bronx River greenways in the area. Jerome is a wide, low-traffic, high speed road and mainly functions as a highway extension and a free park-and-ride for the 4 train; the VCP bike lane is in the door zone for no good reason given the amount of space available.

  • HamTech87

    Agreed, but that piece is also needed. Also, the big box development that draws cars is ridiculously inappropriate for the Broadway corridor under the el.

    Cuomo is building a trail by the Major Deegan? That is an extension of the Old Putnam RR Main Line that goes through VC Park and up to northern Westchester. Another piece is being built in Elmsford, NY.

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