DOT to Present Final Design of 2-Way Bike Lane on Chrystie Street Next Week
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The game-changing proposal to install a protected two-way bike lane on Chrystie Street returns to Community Board 3 next week (May 10) for further consideration. The advisory body already approved the measure in March, but stipulated the Department of Transportation conduct further outreach with nearby stakeholders. Namely those living and/or working around Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
DOT was instructed to take any feedback from this local meeting – held a few weeks ago – and incorporate into the final presentation this month. Given the widespread support (and excitement) from grassroots groups, not to mention commuting cyclists on either side of the river, the two-way bike lane will probably sail through this time without impediment.
If the final proposal nets approval – both from CB3 and DOT – rollout is likely to take effect next fall. Just as the East Houston reconstruction project is expected to conclude (so they say).
As a refresher, some bite-sized detail on the bike lane:
- The two-way bike lane allows for a seamless transition from Second Avenue to Chrystie Street. As it stands, southbound cyclists must cross over at Houston Street while heading southbound, only to cross back for Manhattan Bridge access. The DOT plan consolidates the lane on the east side of the street. Moreover, there will be two dedicated thru lanes for motor vehicle traffic and two for left turns (protected signal).
- It’ll be protected by some variation of jersey barriers, flexible delineators, and/or parked cars.
- Pedestrians benefit from the plan with the addition of four medians at Rivington, Stanton, and East First Streets. This will increase safety for those crossing Chrystie to access/exit Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
- At Delancey Street, the addition of a second southbound left turn lane, but at the expense of ten parking spots on the west side. This was a controversial pill to swallow, and there was some concern about the impacts on business, even though it’s alternate-side parking. The plan also includes the elimination of left-turn traffic from northbound motorists onto Delancey from Chrystie.
- At Canal Street, relocating the pedestrian island ten feet to the west to accommodate the new bike lane. Also, extending the skater-friendly concrete island on Canal.
- DOT confirmed that there will be traffic signals for bikes at each intersection on Chrystie, and that the potential exists for extending the two-way bike lane to East Second Street (to allow 1st Avenue access).