Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Green day: Second Avenue getting its bike lanes

Meanwhile, evilnyc also took shots of the new bike lanes coming to Second Avenue....



24 comments:

RatherBeBiking said...

Hopefully this will solve lane intrusion by Verizon near 13th street and not cut down on parking too much. I really hope they do something about pedestrians treating at as an extension of sidewalk space though.

bowsprite said...

yay! see you on the green!!!

hillbilly said...

+1 to RBB, also that stretch was already a bike lane, this is just a paint job, no? Especially rife with peds and salmon, but it's really the 14th-23rd I'd like to see them do something with

hillbilly said...

nevermind, I see now that it is being changed to a protected lane.

Anonymous said...

I hope even more space is dedicated to bikes.

On the other hand, it has become almost impossible for trucks to deliver anything in the east village.

RatherBeBiking said...

Anonymous 12:19 -

Truck deliveries in NYC aren't usually easy - but here's why it shouldn't be so difficult :

http://blog.cyclosity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dot_bike_lanes.jpg

As you can see, this solves 2nd avenue, etc for drivers. On Avenue C, they should park outside the lane or go around the corner, or look for curbside spaces.

It's tough but I just saw a woman with a kid on her bike almost get hit by a car as she went around a 50 foot delivery truck blocking the Avenue C Bike lane when he should have parked outside of it so she, and other bicyclists could have gone through the lane like they're supposed to.

Sugar Plum Swirly Miss said...

Fine with the lanes, but if my Taxes go to helping bikers, we need to ticket the bikers, that ride on the sidewalks and without helmets, please.

RatherBeBiking said...

Sugar Plum :

With you on the sidewalk ticketing - that's always in need of a ticket-blitz, but :

How do you suggest the NYPD go about ticketing for something not illegal?

(You aren't required to wear a helmet here after you turn 14).

Ethan said...

So is this lane gonna end up like the green lane on Broadway, which is totally unusable due to pedestrians using it as a sidewalk? I had no problem with the lane as it was. Sometimes it seems cities make investments in bike infrastructure without actually thinking about how this infrastructure is used by cyclists. How about we create a lane north of 14th street instead?

Anonymous said...

Where on 2nd Ave is this starting/ending?

Anonymous said...

FWI DO NOT double park next to a bike lane as recommended above. That is currently a "No Standing" violation: $115 double-parking fine.

Anyway the city council will figure it all out. I'm just happy to see more bike lanes.

Anonymous said...

On Sunday, I saw a woman and her child almost hit by a speeding cyclist who was on the sidewalk, and he just sped off.

No more bike lanes till cyclists obey the most minimum of traffic laws!

Further, get bikes registered for identification purposes so that when someone is injured by their reckless behavior and they speed off ( a common occurrence), the victim won't have to foot the medical bill on top of the injury.

RatherBeBiking said...

Anon 8:59am -

It applies to commercial delivery trucks only, not your private vehicle, if that was your confusion.

Anonymous said...

I just wish they would extend the lane between 14th and 23rd. Almost got killed in that area. And delivery trucks - don't even get me started! On Ave A, I constantly swerve around them, praying I keep safe!

Anonymous said...

Yay for the bike path, but between this and the MTA's planned special superfast M15 service, what does that leave, like one lane for regular traffic? Not that I mind. (This is my street!)

Anonymous said...

If only the bikers followed traffic rules...I was hit by a biker. They ran off. They were riding the wrong way on a one way street and ran a light. Bikes are a mennace to NYC streets.

Anonymous said...

Ratherbebiking:

I stand corrected.

You cannot double park a commercial vehicle next to a bike lane from 7am to 7pm m-s ABOVE 14th St.

So it should all be good in the EV for trucks.

I didn't know that. I thought the cops were just cutting me a break.

RatherBeBiking said...

I'm just happy that after years of abusing the lane and using it as their personal unloading zone, UPS, FedEx, etc, won't be able to use the bike lane anymore on 2nd Avenue.

Anonymous said...

I'm just upset that after years of abusing the sidewalk and using it as their personal bike lane, cycling zealots now get bike lanes yet still ride on the sidewalk.

RatherBeBiking said...

Sucks for you!

Anonymous said...

Behavioral response?

Stereotypical.

RatherBeBiking said...

Show me a cycling zealot using the 2nd Avenue sidewalk and I will personally deal with them for you.

Anonymous said...

now.. if only bikers in nyc would start obeying bike rules and laws.. sigh.

BorealFadd said...

I am a NYC biker and I do my abosolute best to obey all traffic laws. I'll be honest however, I like the rest of the city, break the traffic laws once in a while. Like so many other pedestrians that think a red hand means walk, or taxis and delivery trucks that park in bike lanes or run red lights, to my fellow cyclists who often use a liberal interpretation of the definitions of yield and stop, ALL New Yorkers need to start observing the traffic rules. No one group is to blame and broad generalizations should not be made about any one group.