Fall 2001, p.11

NYC DOT Bike Program Speaks

The New York City Department of Transportation's Bicycle Program is responsible for constructing and maintaining New York City's cycling network, and is there to serve New York's cycling community. Transportation Alternatives actively prods and praises the DOT to improve the cycling environment. Below is a list of current and future projects that the DOT Bike Program is working on. If you have an idea for a bike lane, a request for bike parking, or other suggestions, please share your ideas with them (and cc T.A. on your correspondence at info@transalt.org).

Recently Completed Bicycle Improvements
The following is an update on New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) projects of interest to bicyclists. To request maps or to contact the bicycle program at DOT, phone CALL-DOT (or 212-442-7816) or visit our website, www.nyc.gov/calldot.

Hudson River Connector/Riverbank State Park Bypass - The Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Environmental Protection, and DOT opened an on street segment to bypass Riverbank State Park. During daylight hours, one may bike or walk along a DEP service road (between 145th Street and 135th Street). Bicyclists and pedestrians may use city streets between the service road and Cherry Walk (which runs south of St. Clair Place). The route has been marked with greenway and standard bike route signage.

George Washington Bridge/Hudson River Greenway - DOT wanted to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to get from the George Washington Bridge to the Hudson River greenway, and visa versa. Greenway and standard bike route signage have been installed in Washington Heights to clarify the on-street route between these two destinations. The chosen access point for the Hudson River greenway is the pedestrian bridge just north of 181st Street/Lafayette Plaza.

Manhattan Bridge - This summer, DOT added signage at both ends of the bridge to clarify how pedestrians and bicyclists could get to it. Stop signs were also added on the Manhattan side where a motor vehicle entrance ramp crosses the pedestrian crosswalk to the bridge path. A narrow metal ramp was added to the stairs on the Brooklyn side to make rolling a bicycle up to and down from the path possible.

Bicycle Improvements Happening This Fall and Winter

Sunset Park Connector - The long awaited improvements to the route between Prospect Park, Sunset Park, and the north end of the Shore Parkway path, in Brooklyn, will be started this fall. Along most segments of the route, this will include greenway and standard bike route signage and bike lane striping. An unanticipated upgrade to prior plans, with cooperation from DPR, is a multi-use path within Leif Ericson Park.

New Bike Lanes - Piggy-backing on some of this season's planned Manhattan street repavings, several bike routes will become streets with bike lanes. Central Park West (north of 62nd Street) will have a bike lane in the northbound direction, complementing the southbound lane within Central Park. Fort Washington Avenue, Haven Avenue, and a portion of Avenue C will also be striped with bike lanes. Other boroughs' planned street repavings are being evaluated for the possibility of adding lanes outside Manhattan.

Read the latest information on this subject.