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

Cyclists traveling to and from Brooklyn via the Manhattan Bridge will soon have a protected bike connection on Chrystie Street. Image: Gothamist/DOT
People biking to and from the Manhattan Bridge will soon have a safer connection on Chrystie Street. Image: NYC DOT

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.

Image: Gothamist/DOT
Image: DOT

DOT’s design calls for a two-way parking-protected bike lane on the east side of Chrystie, with a three-foot buffer and nine feet for the bike path itself. It looks very similar to the design pushed last year by street safety advocates. Take a look:

At Canal Street, where motorists come off the bridge onto Chrystie, cyclists would be protected by concrete barriers. Between Rivington and Grand, where the road is narrower, the bike lane will be separated by flexible bollards, not a parking lane. The design of the intersection with Houston Street, where the southbound Second Avenue bike lane feeds into Chrystie Street, is still in development, according to Gothamist.

Gothamist also reports that DOT will soon propose a protected southbound bike lane on Jay Street from the Manhattan Bridge path to Schermerhorn Street.

Tomorrow’s CB 3 meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

  • Mike

    This will be fantastic. The current approach is essentially a death slalom with a tremendous amount of bike traffic. Here’s hoping the DOT continues to push for improvements such as this in places where it is most necessary.

  • William Farrell

    This looks amazing! I read in Gothamist that it will be two-way protected up 2nd Ave to 2nd St, where northbound cyclists can turn right on 2nd St and then continue up 1st Ave. I do hope that this is in fact part of the plan, and that they don’t stop at Houston St without addressing the last few blocks of 2nd Ave without a bike lane.

  • greenlake101

    This looks even better than the advocate’s plan since it has only 3 moving lanes instead of 4. Good on the DOT!

  • AnoNYC

    Anyone know when the work on Houston St between about Bowery and Norfolk St is supposed to wrap up? Dicey area.

  • JayLPI

    Ugh, Another DOT bike design that isn’t a raised greenway at sidewalk grade. When will NYC finally join the 21st Century with adequate safe bicycle infrastructure and not these mediocre parking protected curbside contraflow facilities.

  • Jonathan R

    Best part is the extension up to 2d street to make it easy to get over to 1st Ave. If they could go just ONE BLOCK FURTHER, to 3d St, then it would be trivial to get to the west side as well on low-traffic 3d St instead of Rivington/Prince with its crazy dogleg at Bowery.

  • Jeff

    I’d much rather have this than something at sidewalk grade. Pedestrian incursion into curbside protected bike lanes is bad enough as it is.

  • AlexWithAK

    That would be prohibitively expensive and would really limit how much bike infra the city can and would build.

  • If you think of this like a flag planted in the ground to claim territory, then you can imagine that at a later date they might be able to reconstruct the street and build a raised bikeway should the money be found.

    I’d love it if DOT could make the lane a tad wider at intersections. It would help opposing cyclists navigate around each other after going through an intersection and would also help allow people on bikes to bunch up a bit more when waiting for the light. With the current width, one could foresee a morning rush hour where 20 or 30 cyclists are lined up, one behind the other, most of the way down the block.

    Overall, this is a great plan. Hats off to DOT and many thanks to Paco Abraham and the other advocates who pushed for this for so long.

  • Geck

    The Gothamist has appended a correction that is both good and bad:

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated
    that the two-way bike lane proposal extends to 2nd Avenue and 2nd
    Street. In fact, the northbound lane terminates at Houston, and only the
    southbound lane continues to 2nd Street. Also, the pending Jay Street
    proposal will detail parking-protected lanes both northbound and

  • Mike

    Ugh, I’m now imagining northbound cyclists going the wrong way up the one-way southbound bike lane after they cross Houston. And I imagine them coming at me while I head south.

    On the plus side, I like having at least a southbound protected lane at 2nd Street. Many people (including me) head across town from the West Side along Bleeker Street. That route does a quick jag up to 2nd Street right before getting to Christie.

  • AMH

    Seriously, do they expect people to ride on Houston? If the lane is wide enough, at least they can easily restripe it for the two-way traffic it will inevitably attract.

  • AnoNYC

    I would like to see a protected bicycle lane on Houston St. There’s already a buffered lane in the east, might as well swap the parking. The area to the west that has already been reconfigured is very wide on both sides of the median too.

  • sir

    This is great! Never again will I have to ride through the contents of a Chinatown Bus toilet released into the street! (True story! I don’t know how it happened, but it did!)

  • Sabina

    I think this is the project making things dicey. It says “Project Completion: Spring 2013” so clearly we are just collectively hallucinating that it isn’t done. You might be able to find out more info using the Project ID.

  • BBnet3000

    The ideal design is actually in between road and sidewalk grade.

  • BBnet3000

    Very excited to hear that something is coming to Jay as well. Is getting a protected link on Delancey between Allen and the Williamsburg Bridge too much to hope for as well?

  • J

    This is a really good sign. It looks like DOT may be thinking more about building a network of high quality bike infrastructure, instead of just trying to build lots of kilometers, without regard to quality or connectivity. Congrats to the advocates who pushed for this! This is a big big win.

    That said, much more work is needed, as there is still no bike master plan, still limited innovation (no protected intersections and no bike Boulevards), and it still seems that each bike project requires a very heavy advocacy push to actually get built.

  • Bernard Finucane

    Looks really good

  • Wilfried84

    Never mind that there isn’t really a sidewalk along that stretch next to the park.


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