Eyes on the Street: DOT Lays Foundations for Safer First Avenue

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Looks like the concrete has been poured for new pedestrian refuges on First Avenue in the 60s.

Courtesy of Flickr user TNoble2008, who reports that the construction work extends up to 70th Street, here are some more shots of the progress on the Upper East Side’s first protected bike lane. Apparently the markings and refuges aren’t finished yet but some blocks are already rideable.

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  • bill b

    First ave. is a major route for trucks in manhattan, having any bike lane on this ave is not  a good plan. How can delivery trucks quickly deliver their goods to the several supermarkets on that side of the street. The above picture shows a funeral home they will be loading the casket into the hearse practically in the middle of first ave. First ave is not like it was years ago when there was very light traffic between 6:30pm to 7:30 am. Bike lanes are good in places like the Bronx and Queens not on First ave. When you are in manhattan you should walk not ride a bike in the street . Instead of money for theses bike  lanes they should use it to widen the sidewalks.

  • Ex-driver

    Bill, I ride a bike in Manhattan.  It’s a great way to get around – healthy, and saves time and money.  If you are able, you should try it when the city comes out with bikeshare this summer.  The bike lanes on First and other streets are making it safer for everybody. Of course, delivery workers have to cross the bike lanes, so everybody has to watch out for each other. But if you’re biking carefully it’s not a problem.  These lanes have already been put in on other stretches of First Avenue as well as Second, Columbus, Eighth and Ninth.

  • Stupid comments by bill b. How are they going to make deliveries? Really? How long does it take to walk or push a dolly across a bike lane? Maybe 1-2 seconds?

  • Daphna

    I thought this bike lane was supposed to be from 60th to 72nd.  But 60th-61st has not been striped or marked in any way while the rest of it was marked over a month ago.  60th-61st on 1st Avenue is very important for cyclists because the bike entrance to the Queensboro Bridge is at 60th and First Avenue.  I hope this one block on 1st Avenue is not left out from having a bike lane.

    Several weeks ago the motorists started using the floating parking from 61st to 68th Streets.  But the motorists from 68th to 72nd so far are stubbornly refusing to switch to the floating parking and are still parking curbside in what is now the bike lane.  They will have to switch eventually, but it would be nice if they would use the already painted and clearly marked floating parking like those on the lower blocks.

  • Zulu

    Dear bill b,

    I respectfully suggest you take a bicycle out for a quick ride in the city. Within a few short blocks I promise you that you will realize what a great way to get around it is. This coming summer you will have the opportunity to do so on a shiny new bike from a share station near you. Enjoy!

    Truly yours,
    Zulu

  • Robert

    Daphna,

    I don’t think there is going to be a lane between 60-61.  There’s no a new left turn only sign hanging over the left lane of First Avenue at 61st, directing cars from the soon-to-be-floating-parking lane onto 61st street so that traffic doesn’t have to merge when the avenue narrows.  I doubt they would have put the sign up if they were going to put the lane between 60 and 61 as well. 

  • It’s interesting that Bill B mentions money. New York City is the only city in the country where fewer than half of its residents own a car (it’s about 46%), so why is it crazy for our tax dollars to go to more bike lanes? Of all the places in the country, wouldn’t it make sense here? I pay taxes too.

  • First Ave

    If we’re worried about trucks making vital deliveries, maybe we should limit or ban the number of personal vehicles that are also allowed on the road.  Private cars used for discretionary trips tend to block delivery trucks more than tiny bicycles.

  • J

    It’s kind of like NIMBY Mad-Libs: 

    “Even though this design worked [insert location], it’ll never work at [insert nearby project location], because the situation is completely different. At [insert project location], we have [insert fear-inducing trait], which will [insert apocalyptic prediction] with bike lanes. Besides, cyclists always [insert negative cyclist/cycling stereotype], so we should instead [insert non-comparable, more expensive project].”

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