The Columbus Avenue protected bike lanes now run from 96th to 77th Streets, meaning the lanes basically peter out on both their North and South ends, leaving bicyclists in the midst of traffic. That’s been a big concern for bicycling advocates, who say that the Upper West Side has been too slow to request additional lanes from the city Department of Transportation.
That could change soon, however. The Department of Transportation plans to unveil plans on Tuesday night to expand the lanes from 59th to 110th Streets. The DOT will also say how the lanes have panned out so far.
The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rodoph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street.
The initial rollout of the Columbus Avenue lanes was contentious, in part because local businesses said the DOT didn’t heed their concerns. But it’s not clear whether those hard feelings have been smoothed over yet.
Take our poll below on whether you think the lanes should be expanded.
Either way, the meeting should be fun. One prediction: the Northern section up to 110th should be an easier sell: the business district up there has been pretty supportive. But the lower portion (down to 59th) could be more complicated. The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District has been wary of the lanes. In a recent note to members, the BID wrote: “This may affect your business so make sure you attend. You’re not going to want to miss this one.”
We’re looking for someone to cover the meeting, or at least send us photos of the slides that the DOT shows about their plans. Please contact us at info at westsiderag dot com if you’re interested!