Most people I talk with are happy with the new road configuration taking place in Central Park. The new design sets out to create a better separation and flow, particularly for the the more vulnerable road users- people on foot, skateboard and bicycle.
The new design creates the proper hierarchy of car–>bicycle–>pedestrian. It drops car travel in the park to one lane, making it less attractive for people on cars to want to use the park as a thruway. It also gives runners and walkers their own lane, farthest from the cars. This should eliminate the conflict we’ve had for decades of joggers in the bike lanes.
Directing traffic while laying down new markings.
At least three of these people biked to work today!
As for that “slow” marking…when I asked about it, I was told it’s to encourage the faster people on bikes (racers, triathletes) to pedal to the right; slower people on bikes to the left.
Looking forward to the day that the cars are gone from Central Park. In the meantime, enjoy the new design and don’t forget to say thank you to NYDOT if you happen to run into them.
And if you have comments or suggestions for NYDOT about our infra, they’re willing to listen. Every time I’ve run into Wallace while he’s doing work, he never fails to ask me for feedback. Whether it’s positive or negative feedback, please be civil and make sure it’s constructive criticism.