Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In

CB 7 to DOT: Unprotected Bike Lanes Still Not Good Enough for 110th Street

12:01 PM EST on November 15, 2017

DOT says this is the best it can do for safety on 110th Street. Image: DOT

For the second time this year, DOT came to Manhattan Community Board 7 with a redesign of 110th Street that doesn't include protected bike lanes. And for the second time, board members told DOT to go back to the drawing board.

In June, DOT presented a plan to the CB 7 transportation committee for painted bike lanes on 110th west of Central Park. The committee asked DOT to come back with a plan for protected bike lanes instead. But last night, the agency presented more or less the exact same plan [PDF].

Board members were not pleased. "We sent it back to you because the painted lanes we viewed as insufficient," committee co-chair Howard Yaruss told DOT bike planner Patrick Kennedy. "I think we're very disappointed because we saw this presentation and we asked you to come up with a more protected plan, and we expected you to come back with a protected plan. You caught us totally by surprise to show up tonight with the exact same plan."

In public testimony, local resident Willow Stelzer said, “There’s a real false sense of security being on a painted bike lane.” She urged the committee to reject DOT's design "until a proper plan can be made."

Kennedy said protected bike lanes would be difficult to engineer on 110th Street because of bus stops and curb extensions at intersections. "It's a very short corridor with several different impediments to having a protected bike lane," he said. "This is something we looked at. We definitely tried to figure out a way to do it."

Kennedy did not rule out a protected bike lane design but said DOT would need a year to work on it. "With time, we can come up with a proposal that addresses some of your concerns," he said, "but that's not something we can do before the spring," when a painted lane could be striped.

Board members said they want to get the design right the first time.

"I think getting it right is better than getting it fast," said committee co-chair Andrew Albert. "If you put something down, and you have a [subsequent] major improvement envisioned, and all the [community] boards support that, you then have to reeducate. I think people could get really angry at the first thing you do, and not be in favor of the next thing you want to do."

Echoing its message at the June meeting, the committee passed a resolution calling on DOT to come back with a plan that improves safety the most, as quickly as possible.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Third Ave. ‘Complete Street’ Adds Wide Bike Lane, But Still Keeps Too Much Space for Cars

The bike lane is a good start, but the city must aim higher for its "complete streets," advocates say.

December 8, 2023

Cops Collar Driver Who Killed Heroic Nanny — But the Charge is Merely ‘Failure to Yield’

The charges don't match the outrage that the crash provoked.

December 8, 2023

What’s Behind the Increasing Assaults of NYC Transit Workers?

A new study says the violence isn't about the transit, but a reflection of our society.

December 7, 2023

Thursday’s Headlines: What an Historic Day Edition

It was such a big deal that all sorts of strangers in the press corps showed up. Plus other news.

December 7, 2023
See all posts