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The Northern Boulevard Protected Bike Lane Takes Form – Streetsblog New York Metropolis

It’s taking place: Town is making Northern Boulevard secure for (consider it) biking.

Earlier this week, DOT staff started portray a motorbike lane on the infamous Queens roadway (aka “the New Boulevard of Death“), and putting in delineators to maintain automobiles at bay. At present, the safety begins simply west of Broadway and continues westbound till roughly Steinway Avenue. Finally, the protected bike lane will go all the way in which to forty first Avenue, the place an present protected bike lane spirits riders security to the Queensboro Bridge. At present, staff are solely doing the north facet of the roadway, however the metropolis has promised that cyclists will get safety in each instructions.

When it was announced earlier this year, the momentary protected bike lane was speculated to be accomplished this summer season, which now appears a bit delayed, on condition that summer season ends on Monday. However nonetheless, right here’s what we noticed this week:

Photo: Gersh Kuntzman
Photograph: Gersh Kuntzman

At its greatest, the lane contains a huge buffer and delineators, because the picture above exhibits.

Photo: Gersh Kuntzman
Photograph: Gersh Kuntzman

Not all of the delineators are in place but, however a minimum of the paint is down within the above picture, which exhibits a stretch round fiftieth Avenue.

It’s unclear if drivers understand it but, however one of many two journey lanes in each path goes to be a parking/loading lane. (We requested DOT if these lanes shall be repainted to replicate that, however we’re ready to listen to again). Right here’s how DOT explains the brand new configuration:

Graphic: DOT
Graphic: DOT

The problem for cyclists, after all, comes when the safety ends, at the moment at round Steinway Avenue. That’s when bridge-bound riders enter the meat grinder beneath:

northern boulevard current ending shitshow
Close to the Queensboro Bridge on Northern Boulevard. Photograph: Gersh Kuntzman

The excellent news? In accordance with the DOT, the protected bike lane will proceed via this space as soon as it’s lastly accomplished.

“The bike lane will finish at forty first Avenue, the place we plan to put in indicators directing bicyclists to show proper onto forty first Avenue and observe it to the protected bike lanes adjoining to Queens Plaza North to hook up with the Queens Plaza bike path,” DOT spokesman Brian Zumhagen mentioned.

Right here’s what that appears like on a map. The protected bike lane begins at Dutch Kills Inexperienced beneath:

 

The safety for cyclists was a part of town’s restricted effort to guard bike riders after encouraging them to commute on two wheels at first of the coronavirus pandemic. Because the begin of the disaster, town has constructed roughly 20 miles of momentary protected bike lanes in two principal batches (see here and here). Not all of them are excellent (we’ve written about the Second Avenue stretch simply north of the Midtown Tunnel) and, as you’ll be able to see from this week’s photos, the protected bike lane on Crescent Avenue is sort of at all times stuffed with automobiles or vehicles:

crescent street shitshow
Crescent Avenue. (Reminder: It’s not a protected bike lane in case you can park on it.) Photograph: Gersh Kuntzman

Have you ever tried the Northern Boulevard momentary protected bike lane? In that case, inform us your expertise within the feedback beneath.

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