The 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane is on a Roll
More than a year after its unveiling, the Delancey Street bike lane is a reality. One lane of outbound traffic was recently eliminated with jersey barriers protecting the new two-way route for cyclists.
In addition, the city installed a protected bike box in the intersection of Allen and Delancey to further facilitate safe bike movement.
Carving out this bike amenity links the East River span with the ever-crowded northbound bike lane hugging the Allen Street Mall.
For context, there are roughly one thousand bikers that utilize the Williamsburg Bridge and Delancey Street each day, according to the Department of Transportation. The major flow apparently does little to calm traffic, though. The DOT previously disclosed that, from 2010 to 2014, there were 3 pedestrian fatalities, 1 cyclist fatality, 14 severely injured pedestrians, and 11 severely injured cyclists in the blocks between Allen and Clinton Streets.
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.
Do you think this Delancey bike lane is an improvement or traffic impediment?