City Inaugurates 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane this Morning
The city will roll out the green carpet this morning.
Implemented last month, the nascent two-way protected bike lane along the south side of Delancey Street is finally ready for its official inauguration. The Department of Transportation is holding a press conference this morning on the Lower East Side to celebrate this “safer route for bicycle commuters traveling to and from the Williamsburg Bridge.”
Its arrival comes roughly five months ahead of the
impending doom L-Train Shutdown, and pitched as a travel alternative for displaced straphangers. It’s gonna be (at least) a fifteen-month capital project to repair the Canarsie Tunnel flooded during Hurricane Sandy.
To fete this latest achievement, the city is showing off with a media-friendly bike ride across the Williamsburg Bridge from Continental Army Plaza.
As previously reported, one lane of outbound traffic was sacrificed for the protected bike lane, and lined with concrete jersey barriers. Most significant, though, is the installation of the protected “bike island” and related traffic signals in the intersection of Allen and Delancey to further facilitate safe bike movement.
This latest hype nothwithstanding, a reader tells us that DOT workers allegedly made unspecified “errors and might need to do the allen/delancey island again.” This claim hasn’t been substantiated, though.
Installing a two-way bike lane along Delancey Street 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.