Eyes on the Street: Transformation Department Reclaims First Ave Bike Lane

Check it out. With a few traffic cones and DIY signage, the Transformation Department this morning reclaimed the First Avenue bike lane under the Queensboro Bridge.

DOT recently installed flex posts to keep drivers from commandeering a bike lane in Washington Heights. How long before the agency adds cheap but effective barriers as a matter of course?

Until that happens, the grassroots Department of Transformation is accepting donations.

  • commuter

    How embarrassing for DOT.

  • BBnet3000

    Could use this along the Grand Army Plaza circle as well if the parking wasn’t on the wrong side. The painted buffer is nearly gone already and encroachment on the lane is common.

    Is it just me or do the green painted lanes end up looking like shit after very little time? I’d love to know what the marginal cost difference is for pigmented pavement (which could also be run across intersections) in cases where they’re repaving anyway.

  • jooltman

    Reach out to Ben Kallos’ office (212) 860-1950 & Community Board 8 (212) 758-4340 to ask for their help calling this to DOT’s attention and making it a priority to install additional, permanent bollards particularly at the beginning of the lane.

  • BBnet3000

    This story neglected to mention that the CB asked for flex posts here 2 years ago: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/06/14/cb-6-supports-qbb-bike-access-plan-including-two-way-protected-lane/

    DOT had previously said that there was only enough room for a double-white stripe between the turn lanes and the shared lane, but CB 6 asked DOT to install flexible posts to cut down on the number of drivers looking to jump the queue of cars waiting to turn and improve safety for cyclists in the shared lane. As a result of the request, DOT is likely to install flexible posts on sections of the double-white line.

  • Nick Ober

    Yeah, part of the issue is contractors who dig up the street and don’t have green paint on hand to fix the damage after they’ve repaved the section. I’m surprised DOT isn’t more stringent about requiring contractors to do a better job in this area. Even beyond bike lanes, I regularly see repaved sections that don’t quite come level with the rest of the road or are missing lines.

  • JK

    Thank you to DOTr for dramatizing this. You guys are great. Flex posts are needed here and have a long history at just about every approach to the QBB. Over the years, they’ve been on just about every street within a block of the QB entrances, delineating both bike and turning lanes. They get run over and smashed, and DOT gets tired of them and removes them after a couple of years. Come on DOT, better a piece of plastic of gets smashed than a human being.

  • AnoNYC

    Wait, are drivers seriously driving on the 1st Ave physically separated bicycle lane under the Queensboro Bridge?

    I jump on north of this area and commute to the Bronx so I rarely enter this section. It it that bad on a regular basis? You have drivers parked in the parking protected lanes occasionally uptown from this, but nothing like that.

  • BBnet3000

    If they’re being destroyed at an unacceptable rate, its probably an indication that design changes are needed or that another type of intervention (such as a curb) is required.

  • r

    Yes. If you want drivers to stop hitting things, you have to make the things they hit strong enough that they’ll damage their cars.

  • D’BlahZero

    Even the curb protected sections of the GAP bike lanes are loosing their green paint. That stuff doesn’t even last when cars/trucks *aren’t* driving over it all the time.

  • Brian Howald

    It would be nice if they could add a bollard in the middle of the bike lane just south of the intersection at 60th Street. Let those drivers learn the hard way.

  • Menachem Goldstein

    Would these flex posts create a problem for street sweeping?

  • BBnet3000

    A center one (where there is a cone in the picture above) would but ones on the side would not. It looks to be > 10′ wide.

  • Walter Crunch

    Jersey barriers work amazingly well.


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