Eyes on the Street: Lower Manhattan Bikeways Get More Rideable

Cyclists can now use bike lanes on the Pike Street median while construction continues on the pedestrian space and landscaping. Photo: ##Jacob-uptown http://www.flickr.com/photos/7995989@N03/5986200570/##via Flickr##

Last week we highlighted the construction underway on the upgraded bike lane and pedestrian space along Allen Street. Just a bit further south, the bikeway portion of the project is already open along Pike Street south of Madison Street. Streetsblog reader Jacob-uptown snapped some great pics of the new lanes and the ongoing work. As his shots show, the new design provides lots of space for cyclists and pedestrians alike and will bring a line of greenery through the neighborhood.

In mid-July, the lack of physical separation between this bike lane and the street led to constant blockage by parked cars. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/7995989@N03/5986200052/##Jacob-uptown via Flickr##

Jacob also found some welcome improvements at the new two-way bike lane along South Street. When Streetsblog attended the opening of the new East River Waterfront Esplanade, the on-street bike lane was blocked by cars, buses, and NYPD vehicles. Now, however, orange barrels keep motor vehicles from intruding where they’re not supposed to be.

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As Pike Street hits the East River under the Manhattan Bridge, separate bike and pedestrian spaces will merge into a shared-use path in the center of the street. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/7995989@N03/5985640761/##Jacob-uptown via Flickr##
Another view of the open but still incomplete bike lane along Pike Street. The bike lane curves away from the traffic lane at intersections to give pedestrians space to wait before crossing traffic. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/7995989@N03/5986200570/##Jacob-uptown via Flickr.##


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