The Department of Transportation has released its full plan to redesign the “bowtie” area on Broadway and Columbus between 66th and 63rd streets. The new crosswalks, extended curbs and changes to the medians are meant to decrease conflicts between pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles. The area is in the top 5% most dangerous intersections in the city. We wrote about the meeting where the plan was unveiled here.
The plan extends the Columbus Avenue bike lane from 69th street to 62nd, but most of that span would turn it into an unprotected “bike path,” Streetsblog notes. ”We’ve gone from what was a deathtrap, or currently a deathtrap for cyclists, to something that is merely mildly dangerous,” said committee member Ken Coughlin. ”You couldn’t have a protected lane that guides them?” “No,” DOT project manager Rich Carmona replied.
See the full plan below or in pdf form here. The Community Board is likely to vote on it early next year.
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