Dave on 7th shared the top photo from between Ninth Street and 10th Street. He notes that on this stretch, there are also new "No Standing" signs installed.
The new bike lanes will eliminate some free, non-metered street parking, which was the focus of a story this morning on NY1. Local Uber driver Myen Uddin told the station that he is concerned about being able to find a place to park.
"I already earn so less," Uddin said. "How can I afford a garage? $400 a month. No one can afford that!"
... with outdoor dining structures and Citi Bike stations already replacing what used to be non-metered parking spaces near Avenue C and East 9th Streets, concerned residents like Uddin believe if the free parking spaces go away, he'll soon have to move outside the city."It's too much challenge for me for me right now," said Uddin. "I gotta leave the city. Go somewhere else."
NY1 also spoke with a local resident, Thomas Grenier, who welcomed the changes.
"The city is historically centered and organized around cars, so anything that will make the city more friendly to renewable energy and bicyclists is a good thing," Grenier said.
Meanwhile, other markings along the avenue show the buffer zones that will protect cyclists from cars and trucks.
As previously reported, DOT flyers along Avenue C provide details of the coming changes...
• Curbside bike lanes between Houston and Fourth Street
• Parking-protected, bollard-protected and curbside bike lanes between Fourth Street and 18th Street
• Updated parking regulations to provide truck loading zones
• Neighborhood loading zones on select side streets
• Painted pedestrian islands between 11th Street and 15th Street
• New left-turn bays at 10th Street and 14th Street
You can find many more details in the presentation that DOT officials made to CB3 back in April. (PDF here)
As reported last fall, the DOT is adding the protected north/south bike lanes on Avenue C and East Houston Street to help offset the upcoming closure of the East River Park greenway.