At the end of 2016, NYC DOT opened its newest protected bike lane on Chrystie Street in lower Manhattan, a street that has received high praise from both advocates and the community!
Since 2008 Chrystie Street had been a simple, narrow striped bike lane which at first may have served its purpose while cycling numbers were simply still "growing". However, as the rate of daily cycling has soared over 80% between 2010 and 2015, and as thousands of morning cyclists commuted via the Manhattan Bridge, Chrystie Street was badly in need of improving, especially with the crush of double-parkers rampant.
Thanks to frustrated cyclists intervening with guerrilla tactics and placing traffic cones strategically in an effort to keep the drivers out, a movement was generated to place a 2-way protected bikeway on the east side of the street. NYC DOT listened and came up with a sensible plan. Manhattan's Community Board 3 was strongly behind it voting unanimously for its approval. It is almost a text book case of how bicyclists, their communities and city agencies should respond to the voice of the people! Sit back and watch how much better the street is now!
Check out our previous entry in Street Transformations on the QBB bike path here: vimeo.com/171753284. More to come if you love these!