DOT Poised to Unveil Plans for 2-Way Protected Bike Lane on Delancey Street

Posted on: April 3rd, 2017 at 5:12 am by
Photo: DOT

Photo: DOT

Cyclist commuters will be glad to hear that new traffic enhancements along the heavily traversed Delancey Street are on the way. Buckle up for the two-way protected bike lane spanning the corridor from Allen Street to the Williamsburg Bridge.

The city’s Department of Transporation first announced the new protected bike lane last September against the backdrop of the looming L train shutdown. Plans were pitched as part of the overall “Strategic Plan 2016,” which aims to improve “traffic safety and public health, expanding travel choices, supporting New York City’s efforts to fight climate change, doubling cycling, and maintaining streets and bridges in a state of good repair.”

The tentative proposition is to link the span with the current bike path through the Allen Street Mall. In addition, secure parking will eventually become available for dozens of bikes in the recently-renovated Municipal Parking Garage on Essex Street.

delancey-bike-lane-flyer

Installing a two-way bike lane here is not a new concept. Transportation Alternatives has advocated for Delancey Street bike lanes since 2008, when the group orchestrated the “Adopt-a-Bike-Lane” stunt that called attention to the dangers of biking the thoroughfare. Voices of support further gained volume two years later after 74-year-old East Village resident Fuen Bai was hit by a school bus at the corner of Ludlow.

Meanwhile, the first major step toward implementation happens this Wednesday, when the DOT will present its proposal to the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 for further consideration. Expect a big turnout.

delancey-bridge-bikes

Recent Stories

Clayton’s Corner: At the Memorial for LES Documentarian, Toyo Tsuchiya [PHOTOS]

If, in the early ’80s, Toyo Tsuchiya’s ambition was to be remembered as a serious New York City documentary photographer, he could not have picked a more overlooked and neglected piece of landscape than the Forsyth and Rivington Street area, between Delancey and Houston. At the time, it was a drug- and crime-infested subdivision. As […]

175 Ludlow Street Sells to NJ Steel Supplier

Lately, real estate is trading rather briskly in the confines of Hell Square. At least four area buildings sold since last summer. Time to add another onto the heap. Word crossed our desk this week that 175 Ludlow Street, just south of Houston, likewise changed hands. Residents there received a notice from the new ownership […]

Health Department Shutters ‘The Skinny’ on Orchard Street

It’s lights out for The Skinny bar on Orchard Street. Nearly three months after pissing off (or, on) Hell Square with its Christmas “Jingle Hell’s” holiday stunt, the rowdy nightclub was subject to a city inspection yesterday. The Department of Health came down to 174 Orchard Street and ordered the establishment shut. The requisite yellow […]

First Rendering of the 14-Story Hotel Rising at Vacant Eldridge Street Lot

What the neighborhood doesn’t need is another large-scale hotel. But that’s precisely what’s happening at 79 Eldridge Street, where construction last week commenced on a new context-killing fourteen-story lodge. And now we have our first sight of what to expect from this long-vacant lot. It’s amazing how these illustrations completely gussy up neighborhoods to make […]

The Neon Lights of Sunshine Cinema Have Gone Dark

The Sunshine Cinema on East Houston is one step closer to its grave. While the brickwork of the building remains bathed in orange glow, the marquee lettering was not as lucky. As of this week, its token neon signage has gone dark. Shadows are now cast on the sidewalk below. Demolition is nigh. This latest action […]