The city has a new plan to complete the Amsterdam Avenue protected bike lane, extending the current lane below 72nd Street. The extension would complete the network of bike lanes through the neighborhood and allow the UWS lane network to link up with protected lanes in midtown.
The city presented its proposal on Wednesday night to Community Board 4 in Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea, but plans to show it to Community Board 7 on the UWS next month.
The plan is to reconfigure Amsterdam Avenue below 72nd from a four-lane avenue with parking on both sides to a three lane-avenue with a protected bike lane as seen below.
The configuration gets tricky at 71st Street, where Amsterdam crosses Broadway. Bikes in that area would briefly lose the barrier separating them from traffic. But otherwise, parked cars would keep vehicles away. In other parts of the city where there are protected lanes, pedestrian and motorist injuries have declined and bike-ridership has risen, according to city stats.
The city is also planning to change Columbus Circle to add more markings for cyclists. Right now, the circle is dicey as cyclists have minimal lane markings and direction to transition from midtown to Central Park West or Broadway. But the new plan would add markings, as seen below.
The city plans to bring the proposals before the Community Board 7 transportation committee on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00pm at 250 West 87th Street. We’ll have more info on that as it approaches.
Images via city Department of Transportation.