A bike lane stretching from 59th to 110th Street on Central Park West currently stops at 77th Street, but the Department of Transportation expects to extend it to 110th in a few weeks, reps said at a meeting this week. As Streetsblog first reported, the avenue was resurfaced and is now getting crosswalk markings prior to getting the lanes painted on.
“The lane markings and crosswalks are being installed this week where the roadway was resurfaced,” a DOT official told members of Community Board 7 this week. “Additionally, we plan to begin installing the protected bike lane in the coming weeks.”
Parking will be removed from on the east side of the avenue to accommodate the lane. The loss of parking spots was one reason the lane was controversial last year, and it was briefly stalled by a lawsuit. The first section — from 59th to 77th — was completed last fall. It was expected to be completed in the spring, but the pandemic slowed progress.
The city has been adding more bike lanes and open streets to give people new ways to get around and spend time outside amid the pandemic.