Monday’s Your Chance to Defend the Columbus Ave Bike Lane

Image: Clarence Eckerson
Image: Clarence Eckerson

Okay, we finally have a fixed date and time for the Manhattan Community Board 7 meeting where the protected bike lane on Columbus Avenue is expected to be a hot topic. Mark Monday, November 8, on your calendars. The board’s transportation committee will be meeting and word is that bike lane opponents are massing for the occasion.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at 250 West 87th Street, on the second floor. Here’s a quick reminder from our first alert about why you should to make it out to the meeting if you can:

The Upper West Side Streets Renaissance gathered several hundred signatures in favor of this project before DOT proposed it and the CB voted in favor of it. As we’ve seen on Prospect Park West, it’s important for supporters to stay organized and committed after a project like this gets implemented.

The Columbus Avenue lane is a mile-long trial balloon for what could later be a pair of protected lanes on Columbus and Amsterdam, eventually linking up with the protected lanes on Ninth and Eighth Avenues. Defending it strongly now can only help when extensions come up for consideration

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Defend the Columbus Avenue Bike Lane [Updated]

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UPDATE: This meeting has been postponed to next Tuesday. We mentioned this in the calendar post on Monday but it bears repeating: If you support the new Columbus Avenue bike lane and want to see the safety benefits of pedestrian refuges and physically-separated bikeways extend elsewhere on the Upper West Side, come out to the […]
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CB 7 Committee to DOT: Make Columbus Circle Safe for Biking

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The Manhattan Community Board 7 transportation committee has passed a resolution calling on DOT to make Columbus Circle safe for biking and walking. The traffic circle at the southwest corner of Central Park is a critical point for people biking between the Upper West Side and Midtown, but it's a major void in the bike network.