Streetfilms Shorties: Fix the Dysfunctional Chrystie Street Bike Lane

Back in February, Manhattan Community Board 3 asked DOT to study a protected bike lane for Chrystie Street. Head over there during any rush hour and it’s easy to see why: There are tons of people biking to and from the Manhattan Bridge, but the painted bike lanes on Chrystie are constantly blocked by double-parked cars and buses. Even when you’re not weaving in and out of motor vehicle traffic, you have to keep your eyes peeled for illegal U-turns and drivers crossing the southbound bike lane as they exit garages.

The agency said it would study bike lane upgrades for Chrystie, but gave no timetable. That was in March. Apparently, someone got tired of waiting and set up orange cones on one long block in the beginning of October to keep the bike lane clear. That was all it took to provide a little more security for people biking northbound on Chrystie, and in this short Streetfilm, Clarence makes the case for some simple changes to permanently improve safety on one of the city’s most important bike routes.

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DOT to Present Manhattan Bridge Plans to CB 3 Tonight

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From Transportation Alternatives:  Tonight the DOT will be presenting their plans for improved Manhattan Bridge bike access via the Chrystie Street bike lane to Community Board 3. This plan is going to involve the removal of parking along Chrystie Street, so it is anticipated that there will be resistance at the Community Board level. It […]
Chrystie and Grand, 6 p.m. Photo: Ben Fried

Bicycle Rush Hour on Chrystie Street

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It's now common to see bike traffic outnumber car traffic on this connection to the Manhattan Bridge. The Chrystie Street protected bike lane and the Jay Street protected bike lane, on top of the bike network development that came before them, plus the availability of Citi Bike, are clearly moving the needle.

Eyes on the Street: A Flower-Protected Chrystie Street Bike Lane

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Chrystie Street: 25 cones, 1 dozen sunflowers. Enjoy your commute. #bikenyc #demandmore pic.twitter.com/nrPzu431oP — Transformation Dept. (@NYC_DOTr) October 7, 2015 Bike commuters on Chrystie Street found a pleasant surprise this morning. The street’s northbound bike lane, a busy connector from the Manhattan Bridge that’s usually a favorite of illegally-parked drivers, had received an upgrade: Someone added orange traffic […]

Take a Look at DOT’s Chrystie Street Bike Lane Design

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DOT will show its highly-anticipated plan for a protected bike lane on Chrystie Street between Canal Street and 2nd Street to Manhattan Community Board 3 tomorrow, and Gothamist has posted renderings from the presentation. Chrystie Street is an essential bike connection to and from the Manhattan Bridge, but it can be a hair-raising ride full of dodging and weaving around double-parked vehicles. […]