The city is expected to present a plan on Tuesday to put a protected bike lane on Central Park West that would put physical barriers between cyclists and cars. As of now, there’s a painted bike lane but no physical protection.
Community members have been calling for a protected bike lane on Central Park West for years, and the issue received renewed attention after 23-year-old Madison Lyden was hit and killed while biking on the avenue last year.
A prior proposal that was discussed in 2017 — but never acted upon — called for creating the lane right next to the sidewalk on the east side of the avenue, thus putting parked cars in between cyclists and moving traffic.
The city will present its proposal at a public meeting before the Community Board 7 Transportation Committee at 7 p.m. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street.
(The meeting was relocated from the community board offices to Rodeph Sholom because of a large expected crowd.)