Lafayette Street in the Running to Receive Protected Bike Lane

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 at 10:00 am by

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Bike lane proposal for the Lafayette St. section

Primed and paved in the last couple weeks, that fresh layer of asphalt on Lafayette Street will soon gain some green. Yup. A new, safer bike lane is most likely on the way.

The DOT threw together a deck describing in detail the plan to install a protected bike lane along the west side of the thoroughfare from Spring Street – and as it transitions to 4th Avenue – up to Union Square. Officials presented the proposal last night at the transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3.

As it stands, the current Lafayette bike lane is open to traffic, and frequently violated by motorists. Cyclists are worse-off with a setup like this as it offers no protection from speeding cars and trucks that pull over to idle indefinitely. The new plan offers the familiar barrier of parked cars and median islands as a buffer from the uptown flow (similar to First Avenue).

It’s worth noting that the DOT considers this an “important Citi Bike corridor,” due in part to the five docks along the route. According to their presentation, commuter cycling has increased 20% in this zone.

Consult the full proposal for more detail…

Lafayette Street Bike Lane Deck

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