The Columbus Avenue protected bike lane will soon extend all the way from 110th street to 65th, instead of stopping at 96th and 77th streets. The extension was approved by Community Board 7 in February, and construction got started last week, according to a release from the community board.
The protected lanes separate bikes from cars by adding a new lane of parked cars, as well as a series of concrete curbs at intersections (see photo above). There will be 23 of those “pedestrian refuge islands” on the Columbus Avenue lanes, according to DOT. A shared bike/car lane will run from 68th to 65th but the tricky area from 65th to 59th street apparently hasn’t been designed yet. If you see lane construction happening on Columbus, snap a photo and let us know! Click on the graphic below to enlarge it.