This Week: Defend the Dyckman Street Protected Bike Lanes

The redesigned Dyckman has has made crossing the street safer but faces opposition from merchants and elected officials. CB 12 is hosting a public forum on the project on Tuesday. Photo: Brad Aaron
The redesigned Dyckman has has made crossing the street safer but faces opposition from merchants and elected officials. CB 12 is hosting a public forum on the project on Tuesday. Photo: Brad Aaron

DOT’s recent redesign of Dyckman Street was nearly a decade in the making, creating a crosstown bike connection linking Manhattan waterfront greenways to Inwood’s main street. But because double-parking on Dyckman isn’t as easy as it used to be, some local merchants are fighting the project, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Congressman Adriano Espaillat have called on DOT to tear the bike lanes out.

All street redesigns go through an adjustment period after they debut, but it’s unusual for politicians to so quickly abandon a projects. Tomorrow, Manhattan Community Board 12 will host a forum on the Dyckman Street protected bike lanes, and the redesign will need to be defended.

If you walk or bike on Dyckman and want to keep the new design, this public hearing is an important one to turn out for.

More info on the forum and other events below. Check the calendar for further details.

  • Tonight: The Manhattan CB 12 transportation committee meets. Dyckman Street is on the agenda but the main event is Tuesday. 530 West 166th Street, 6th Floor, Manhattan. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Defend the Dyckman Street protected bike lanes at CB 12’s public hearing. Washington Heights Academy, 202 Sherman Avenue, between W. 204th and W. 207th streets. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT and MTA host a town hall on plans to prioritize buses, bicycling, and walking during the L train shutdown. 66 West 12th Street. 6:30 p.m. Doors at 5:30.
  • Also Wednesday: TransitCenter hosts a panel on the Center for Urban Future’s report detailing the slow and unreliable bus commutes of the city’s healthcare workforce. 1 Whitehall Street, 17th Floor. 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Ride with Transportation Alternatives’ Upper Manhattan Committee to support the protected bike lane on Dyckman Street. Ride starts at the Manhattan side of the High Bridge. 10 a.m.

Watch the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

  • Benjamin Davidson MacKrell

    FYI: I Just got this email about this meeting.

    URGENT: NEW CHANGE OF VENUE For Public Hearing on Dyckman Bike Lanes
    Dear Friend:

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT AS OF TODAY 5-07-18 THIS PUBLIC HEARING HAS A NEW CHANGE OF LOCATION .

    We are pleased to report that we have found an accessible venue in Inwood which is large enough to accommodate the anticipated attendance. We apologize for any confusion caused by the multiple venue changes.

    Community Board #12, M is having a public hearing on the traffic conditions on Dyckman Street after the installation of Bike Lanes in the fall last year.

    The public hearing will take place TOMORROW Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm at The Washington Heights Academy, located at 202 Sherman Avenue, between W. 204th and W 207th Streets

    For more information please see the flyers below or call our office at 212-568-8500.

    Thank you,

    Ebenezer Smith

    District Manager

    Community Board 12, Manhattan

  • Thanks, we updated the event info.

  • iSkyscraper

    If your small business on Dyckman requires customers to drive into Manhattan to double park on the street, then I do not support your small business.

    The wild west attitude has gone on in Inwood long enough. The bike lanes stay. The rule-breaking car drivers go.

  • DoctorMemory

    Amen. It takes a special kind of chutzpah to demand the privilege to double-park and then to turn around and complain about emergency vehicles being unable to make it down Dyckman.

  • DoctorMemory

    Well, that was a completely depressing meeting. Did you know that Dominicans don’t ride bicycles? I was unaware of this fascinating fact but a spokesman for Rep. Espaillat stood up and told the room so it must be true, right?

  • HMJ

    IF she’s not FIRED, then we need to vote him OUT.

  • DoctorMemory

    Espaillat was in the audience, so I wouldn’t could on that happening.

    Speaking of people in the audience, I’m curious if anyone knows who the slender, dapper older gentleman in the blue sport coat about halfway back on stage left was? I’m not plugged into the local neighborhood power politics well enough to know, but clearly every pol in the room did.

  • A few years ago there was a meeting about buses on Driggs and Bedford Avenues in Williamsburg. People noted that the rampant double-parking on those streets impeded the buses’ movement. And from this they seriously drew the conclusion that the buses should go!

    We need to stop indulging these sociopaths. Double-parking is a serious matter, one that should be dealt with by means of crippling fines and towing.

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