Eyes on the Street: Bike Corrals Protect Ninth Avenue Bike Lane

A new bike corral on 9th Avenue, between 39th and 40th Streets. Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr.

Bike parking corrals adjacent to a protected bike lane — a first for New York City, and perhaps the nation — have been installed along Ninth Avenue in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Check out these pics from Clarence, snapped on Thursday.

First requested by Community Board 4 in fall 2011, and receiving a supportive 11-0 committee vote in February, the corrals provide 18 bike racks along the “floating” parking lane the between the bicycle lane and general traffic lanes.

At the request of the community board, sidewalk bike racks on blocks that are receiving bike corrals will be removed.

A pedestrian island and bike corral on 9th Avenue at 36th Street. Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr.

Casa di Isacco restaurant is maintaining a four-rack corral between 39th and 40th Streets, Pomodoro restaurant is maintaining a seven-rack corral between 38th and 39th Streets, and Ora Thai Cuisine is maintaining a seven-rack corral by a pedestrian island between 35th and 36th Streets.

In the words of Streetsblog reader Eric McClure: Is there a higher form of bike lane than the bike-parking-protected bike lane?

In addition to the new bike racks, new curb-and-concrete pedestrian refuge islands continue to be installed along Ninth Avenue, most notably for pedestrians at 34th Street.

Asphalt is removed for a pedestrian refuge island on 9th Avenue at 34th Street. Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr.
  • Albert

    “sidewalk bike racks on blocks that are receiving bike corrals will be removed”

    A win for pedestrians. Couldn’t hurt.

  • Ben Kintisch

    It’s a beautiful sight. Just as protected lanes were once revolutionary, and now replicated throughout the city, now we can have this new combo – “Bike Parking Protected” also replicated throughout the city. Keep it rolling DOT!

  • Andy B from Jersey

    Knowing how crazy bad New York City drivers are, I don’t know if I would want to park my bike in those corrals without more protection for my bike from traffic. From the way they appear, it looks like it is possible to park a bike with one of the wheels hanging a few inches out into the traffic lane!

  • Anonymous

    Pedestrians refuges, most notably at 42nd street the second most dangerous intersection in NYC, at 37th street where a pedestrian was killed in 2007 and at 39 th street where pedestrians are injured by turning cars every month…
    These are terrific improvements. For pedestrians and bicyclists alike.

  • J

    I bike everywhere, and I’m definitely in favor of moving bike parking from the sidewalk to the parking lane. The sidewalks on 9th are WAY too narrow, and giving pedestrians more room there will make them more comfortable and less likely to walk in the bike lane. Better sidewalks AND better bike lanes; win-win!

  • Guest

    The way drivers are in NYC, I’m not sure the sidewalk offers much more protection…

  • Ari

    I love the general idea of the pedestrian refuge islands, especially the opportunity to add an additional street tree. However, as an urban tree person, those particular tree pits (as designed) aren’t great because the pit doesn’t get enough runoff.

    A pit at street grade may be better. Contrary to popular belief, salt/oil runoff from streets don’t generally kill street trees.

  • Andy B from Jersey


  • david

    As long as bike corrals don’t turn into bike dumps and bike graveyards. Then they become useless.


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