The NYC Bicycle Master Plan states that colored bike lanes give bicyclists "preferential status" and reduce motor vehicle speeding and illegal parking. Studies confirm that colored bike lanes increase bicyclist safety. In Portland, OR, motorists yielded to cyclists in colored bike lanes 28% more than normal and motorists slowed or stopped when approaching a colored lane 23% more than normal. Seventy-six percent of cyclists and 50% of motorists said that the colored lanes felt safer.
By nature, curbside bike lanes are safer than bike lanes striped between car parking and travel lanes. Curbside lanes are safer because, without adjacent car parking, there is little chance that bicyclists will be hit by opening car doors, the most common cause of cycling crashes in NYC.
Write to Commissioner Weinshall and ask the DOT to use colored bike lanes at greenway and bridge entrances and at heavily cycled intersections.