Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In

Two Community Boards Have Endorsed DOT’s Crosstown Bikeway Plan. The Only Holdout Is CB 5.

4:53 PM EST on February 15, 2018

DOT plans to add a five-foot protected bike lane with a two-foot buffer on most blocks of 26th and 29th streets. Image: DOT

Will one holdout community board delay the first crosstown protected bike lanes in Midtown?

NYC DOT's plan for crosstown protected bike lanes on 26th and 29th streets addresses an urgent need. Bus drivers killed two people on those streets last year, and just a few days ago a cyclist was doored and then struck by a truck driver on 29th Street.

Community Board 4 voted 39-1 for the project last week, and Community Board 6 endorsed it 28-4 last night.

That leaves Community Board 5, where the transportation committee tabled a vote earlier this month after running out of time during a packed meeting. But according to the CB 5 website, the project isn't on the agenda for March or April either.

A CB 5 staffer couldn't say over the phone whether the agendas will be updated to include the project.

Dan Hanegby and Michael Mamoukakis lost their lives biking on 26th Street and 29th Street last year. That spurred DOT to create a plan for Midtown's first crosstown protected routes. The agency has given a spring/summer timetable for implementation, if it gets the community board votes.

Of course, DOT doesn't need CB 5's approval to redesign a street, and it now has resounding endorsements from a majority of community boards along the route. To let one holdout torpedo the project would be going against the wishes of the two other community boards representing Midtown.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Feds One Step Closer to Requiring Safety Standards for Lithium-ion Batteries

Safety standards are fine, but the responsibility for securing better power packs will still fall on the lowest-paid workers in our city.

December 11, 2023

City Adds Another Moving Lane to Appease Car Drivers Near Williamsburg Bridge

Induced demand isn't just a theory — it's apparently a policy of the city Department of Transportation.

December 11, 2023

Monday’s Headlines: The Bronx Nobody Knows Edition

If you know someone who loves The Bronx and loves to walk, have we got a stocking stuffer for you. Plus, more important, the weekend's news.

December 11, 2023

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
See all posts