Monday, April 28, 2014
Here comes the protected 4th Avenue bike lane
On Friday, workers started putting down the green for the new protected bike lane…
… that will stretch from Lafayette and Prince Street up Fourth Avenue to East 12th Street.
And here is a look at the lane on Lafayette at Bond…
The new bike path will not remove any car lanes, but instead narrows them on Fourth/Lafayette.
Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] Looking at the First Avenue's new bike lane and 'floating lane' (64 comments)
Protest planned for reconfigured Avenues (153 comments)
Report: More support for protected bike lane on Lafayette Street/Fourth Avenue
Posted by Grieve at 5:05 AM
Labels: bike lanes, Fourth Avenue
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Excellent! I can't wait to ride up 4th Avenue in luxury.
Good, and I hope it will keep cyclists and pedestrians safer!
I just moved here from Smallville, and I'm pretty sure those green lanes indicate safe places for me and my friends to stand while waiting to cross the street.
this is great until you get to union square and then it becomes dangerous no man's land
bike lane aka stealth dedicated emergency vehicle lane
Because skateboarders don't have enough bike lanes to practice their little tricks in already.
Eh, yeah, Union Square is a mess. DOT needs to create a northbound bike route around the park (there is none on Park Ave.) and/or add a northbound bike lane on Broadway from 14th Street to Herald Square (since there's otherwise no northbound lane between First and Sixth Avenues, and that's how cyclists are using Broadway anyway as a result).
But yay for a dedicated lane on Fourth/Lafayette anyway!
Refreshing to see minimal whining here about the loss of a car lane.
Where am I going to park my Hummer? (sarcasm).
Oops there is no loss of a car lane, only a narrowing of the existing ones. I really should look at all the facts before leaving snarky comment.
They should also build a protective pedestrian lane from the rogue and self-entitled bicyclists who think that traffic laws don't apply to them now that they have their own designated and exclusive lane.
Amen to 1:06 pm! Walking sucks now. You have to be on constant 360-degree lookout because a bicyclist can come from anywhere at lightning speed to mow you down. At least cars kill you -- a bike crash will leave you a miserable cripple! I wish, wish, wish our electeds ACTED on this -- cyclists need to be a) educated and b) fined out the wazoo.
Oh please, with the "entitled cyclists" crap again. Cyclists *should* feel entitled to safe and efficient use of the streets their taxes maintain, as should pedestrians. If there's an entitlement mentality among road users, it's held by motorists, who are wildly overprivileged and view any attempt at rebalancing the streets in favor of cyclists, pedestrians and mass transit as some kind of wild-eyed Bolshevik impingement on their sacred American right to never walk more than thirty paces to their destination.
Bicyclists are great! They deserve their own lane, since they're reducing carbon footprints, being green, saving trees, and the planet! They deserve their own entitled bike lanes, as well as a their own exclusive lane to heave. They deserve a Congressional Medal of Honor and a key to the city. They should be canonized by the Vatican. So you pedestrians and cars better get the f*ck out of the bicyclists way, esp. in their exclusive lane.
Even as an evil bike rider, I hear what the pedestrians are whining about. Bikes are indeed yet another thing they need to look out for before crossing. On the other hand, listen to yourselves--you are basically whining about no longer being able to mindlessly cross streets without paying full attention. I sometimes slum it as a pedestrian, too and I do find myself looking both ways before crossing, even the one-way streets. Kind of a pain, but in the big picture the more alert one is while on the street the better.
Bicyclists don't whine because the whine via their actions just ram through anyone in their path, including their own fellow bicyclists. Bicyclists are god's gift to mankind.
Think the bicyclists will stop at the lights? Wait for the pedestrians to cross? Go the right way? Of course not. How many times have they almost hurt others while they go faster than necessary. Thanks Bloomberg for
not managing such danger!
Yes we are all just whiny pedestrians. We take our whiny two feet and cross the streets all in the interest of our whiny selves without hurting other whiny people or non-whiny autos and non-whiny bicyclists. Those poor put-upon bicyclists wizzing past us in both directions at top speed who little whiny me so foolishly steps in-front don't deserve to be whined at by the likes of whiny me.
I'm from LA where looking both ways before crossing the street was ingrained into me as a child. And it comes in handy, more and more, here in NYC. Always look both ways before crossing the street.
What a great winter. It was cold, snowy and very few bicyclists. I grew up here and we hardly had bikes flying around. Now they're everywhere and entitled. U have a responsibility and therefore, I "root for the cars"!.
Chiming in on the "this is a great idea" side for all, especially the delivery people on bikes (who are far from elitist bicyclists)...
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