Prince Street Bike Lane Has Arrived

After months of debate including criticism from cyclists who want a physically-separated bike lane built on dangerous Houston Street and local car owners who want to protect their right to cheap on-street parking, a freshly painted green bike lane was spotted on Prince Street late last night at the corner of Mott. As Ariel Sharon used to say, there’s nothing like "facts on the ground" to end an argument. Though, come to think of it, they’re still arguing in the Middle East.

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It looks like at least one local merchant isn’t complaining about the loss of on-street parking. Note the bicycles in the window of the shop at lower left…

  • What’s the plan for stopping trucks from unloading there? Will there be flexi-plastic bollards or something physicially separating this?

  • its not as safe as a physically separated lane, but the green paint on the ground makes a big statement… it DOES make the biking presence more noticeable. If more people, pedestrians and drivers both, become accustomed to high visibility bike lanes, perhaps some attitudes will change and bikers will get some more respect, and in turn fewer accidents.

    I’ve ridden on a few of these new green bike lanes in brooklyn and begun writing to all my local politicians to make the color a new standard for all the city’s bike lanes. i encourage every else to do the same!

  • TimB

    paco, i agree, but all that thermoplastic or paint or whatever it is can’t be the most environmentally friendly solution..

  • TimB…

    the most environmentally friendly solution is the one that gets the most cars off the road. We cannot do nothing while waiting for the “perfect” solution…

  • mfs

    I’m happy to see these lanes, but there are serious problems with connectivity on the eastern side, especially if you’re going to the WB bridge (which I always am).

    If you are heading east on Bleecker, it ends at Bowery. Your only choices for getting to the other side of Houston are:
    1) Riding down Bowery (yikes)
    2) Jiggling over to 2nd street and taking it one block to 2nd ave, where the bike lane ends at Houston in the middle of a very busy double left-turn lane.
    3) Going over to 1st ave and riding the wrong way for two blocks until you’re riding the right way on the lanes at Allen Street.

  • Jonathan

    mfs, heading east on Bleecker St, turn right on Mott, cross Houston Street, proceed to Kenmare, turn left, and head straight for the Williamsburgh Bridge.

  • connectivity is definitely key… if they paint more and more green bike lanes then maybe the road will literally resemble the bike maps they give out & make it painfully obviously how often a great path exists but ends abruptly!

  • hmph

    yeah, right, kenmare – and that becomes, what… delancey! if anything is worse for biking than houston, its delancey.

    there is only one solution: bike lane on houston all the way (except for the non-existent east bound lane west of 6th). NO, we are not dropping the issue!

  • Jonathan

    hmph, if Delancey Street frightens you, why not use Grand Street instead to proceed east from Mott to Clinton Street, where you can turn left and cross the eastbound lane of Delancey Street to get onto the Williamsburgh Bridge?

    I fail to understand how Houston is a direct way to the Williamsburgh Bridge. Ever since they flipped the one-way signs on Clinton, you have to proceed two blocks past Clinton, turn right on Ridge, and then right on Delancey in order to get to the bike path entrance.

  • hmph

    oh, don’t worry jonathan, I am not afraid of delancey nor of houston…… others are which is why the big bike lane that is not being installed should be on houston (and, hell, while they are at it, why not delancey as well – to add to grand).

    in recent years no one ever thought of houston as a direct route to the w’burgh bridge. it simply is more effective than some other routes – instead of going to ridge, etc, go via suffolk, cross only the west bound lanes of delancey and voila! this would be especially convenient if there was a continuous bike lane on houston (and perhaps suffolk as well).

  • Jason A

    While I appreciate the bold, branded bike lanes painted in green, I still fret over riding on those things in the rain.

  • Jonathan

    hmph, if I recall correctly, the end of the bridge path only goes a couple meters past Clinton. If you cross Delancey at Suffolk you end up in the traffic median surrounded by big orange barrels. That’s why I suggested taking Ridge to Delancey and doubling back.

  • ln

    I think the DOT got that ugly colored slippery paint on sale. Now they can say they ‘greened’ a former street area without actually planting any plants.

  • hmph

    @12 –

    yup, but 1) one ends up very close to the island thingy at the foot of the bride and 2) it beats ridng that 6, yup, 6 block circuit via ridge.

  • mfs

    Jonathan- If I’m not riding on Bowery, I’m definitely not riding on Delancey.

    I have the technical skill to ride on those kind of streets, I just don’t feel like getting sideswiped by a cab going 45 mph or being crushed between two cars or crossing over four lanes of traffic to make a right turn.

    Grand street is a little out of the way for me if I’m coming from Wash Sq Park, but I do end up using it sometimes. That lane has its own interesting problem of the bike lane putting you on the left side of cars at Chrystie and suddenly the bike lane jumps to the right side of the street!

  • Nona

    The question is why no greenway down the middle of Delancey to connect to the bridge?

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