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