Thanks to the outgrowth of bicycle infrastructure in NYC, we’ve seen an explosion of people using bicycles for transportation. The positive effect is that more people on bicycles begets more people on bicycles. Not every person however, would feel confident enough to pedal a bicycle on streets without a protected lane. Kudos to the people pictured below for braving the streets without protected lanes. I too do it daily, but I don’t enjoy it. Not every street in NYC needs a bike lane, but avenues like these deserve a protected bike lane. A safe space for people on bicycle, skateboard or push scooter to get from A to B without having to worry.
1st Avenue- a 12 block stretch where we lose the protected bike lane and get fed the table scraps of infrastructure otherwise know as “sharrows”. Sharrows can work on slower cross streets, but they don’t work on wide avenues with a lot of speeding motor vehicles.
Madison Ave- sharing space with buses can be safer that pedaling in the door zone on the left side of the avenue. But it’s a far cry from true safety.
Park Avenue- double parked cars and trucks sometimes create a temporary ‘bike lane’.
These and many other streets are far from “complete”. Be vocal. Make your voice heard. Go to community board meetings. If you can’t make the meetings, write to your local community board and let them know you want safer streets for everyone.
Pedal on. Let’s keep this people powered revolution growing.