Higher West Siders Strengthen Push for Crosstown Bike Lanes – Streetsblog New York Metropolis
An influential Manhattan group board voted Tuesday night time to help a protected bike lane on 72nd Road — becoming a member of a rising push for protected routes for cyclists to traverse higher Manhattan amid town’s pandemic-induced bike growth.
Group Board 7, following unanimous approval from its transportation committee in July, voted 37 to six to name on the Division of Transportation to put in a two-way protected bike lane on 72nd Road from Central Park West to Riverside Drive — a large thoroughfare with two lanes for vehicles in every course, the place a complete of 178 crashes, inflicting 38 accidents, together with to 10 cyclists and 17 pedestrians, have occurred since June 2018, in response to Crash Mapper.
Cyclists want a protected route that connects them to 2 common inexperienced areas, together with one of many world’s busiest bike lanes, the Hudson River Greenway, and Central Park — the district has three north-south protected bike lanes however no strategy to safely trip throughout city on a protected bike lane, advocates say. The vote provides the DOT a mandate to create a plan that improves an vital transportation and enterprise hall.
“The Higher West Facet is asking for a 72nd Road that works for the neighborhood — one which safely connects bikers and walkers to our beloved parks, the Higher East Facet, and the Hudson River Greenway,” stated Lisa Orman of native street-safety advocacy group, Streetopia UWS. “And, particularly throughout this bike growth, a protected bike lane throughout 72nd Road would permit households to bike collectively, youngsters to get to highschool and the park, and all members of the biking group a protected means to connect with our north-south corridors.”
?@CB7Manhattan? Transportation Cmte unanimously passes decision for crosstown bidirectional protected bike lane on 72nd. Let’s sustain the #bikeboom and provides bikers methods to securely navigate town. ?@NYC_DOT? ?@StreetsblogNYC? ?@bikenewyork? pic.twitter.com/xPvz844FIv
— Streetopia Higher West Facet (@StreetopiaUWS) July 15, 2020
Group Board 7’s decision additionally calls on town to implement loading zones to fulfill the demand for deliveries alongside 72nd Road to cut back the rampant double-parking that places cyclists at risk when they’re compelled to swerve out into visitors.
“Regardless of this plentiful area, West 72nd is usually decreased to a single lane in every course because of rampant double-parking,” the decision states.
The help comes after Transportation Options mounted a campaign for crosstown bike lanes, together with on 72nd Road. An off-the-cuff poll from Streetopia UWS discovered that the most well-liked crosstown path is 72nd Road, regardless of its lack of a protected bike lane.
It additionally comes as a number of higher Manhattan group boards are urging town to create safe routes for bike riders by means of Central Park, following the dying of a doctor who was killed by a school-bus driver whereas driving a Citi Bike final 12 months, and a surge in ridership close to the park all through the pandemic.
The co-chairman of the transportation committee, Howard Yaruss, stated that the protected bike lane and different enhancements to West 72 Road “will cut back chaos and enhance security, entry and mobility” for all customers.
“My solely remorse is that town authorities makes communities struggle for these modifications road by road, leading to nice disparities throughout town,” Yaruss added. “Fairness calls for that town develop a related bike-lane community so that each one New Yorkers can profit from these life-saving enhancements.”
A spokesman for DOT stated 72nd Road is just not on the company’s checklist for 2020.