Here’s a look at the beginning of the striping for the new configuration of the Central Park 72nd street crosstown bike path. Striping has just begun on the east side of the park. The trickiest part of the new configuration was figuring out how to connect across the east (to 5th Avenue) and west sides (to Central Park West) of the loop. In the community board meetings I had sat in on (both CB 7 & CB 8), even though I had seen the map drawings, it was hard to get a complete grasp of exactly how this part of the new configuration would work. So it’s exciting to see the work as it progresses.
The first photo below is the north side of the entrance road from 5th Avenue to the East Loop.
The west bound connection across the East Loop.
Looking towards 5th Avenue park entrance. West bound lane on north side, east bound lane on south side.
Northbound view, just below 72nd St. Widening to include connection to east bound lane exiting to 5th Ave
Northbound view above 72nd Street, East Loop.
Eastbound 72nd drive, striping for bi-directional lanes. View towards westside. Today’s work ended at first pedestrian crossing/traffic light.
A little bird told me that 8th Avenue had striping and green paint up to 50th street as of yesterday, so I decided to swing by. Not even complete and already filling up with people on bikes and skateboards! I also love that these pedestrians are instinctively figuring out the idea of the pedestrian refuge. And for anyone who regularly uses the 8th Ave bike lane- this is right in front of World Wide Plaza, a particularly contentious block where the old door zone lane was always filled with double parked livery cabs. New configuration eliminates the old conflict.
As for the other contentious part of the 8th Avenue bike lane, I hope someone will figure out how to make the bike lane actually usable for people on bikes and not just an extension of the sidewalk. This is what it usually looks like during the evening rush hour for the first six blocks above Port Authority.