The protected bike lane on Central Park West, which will span from Columbus Circle to Frederick Douglass Circle, is scheduled to be completed within the next few weeks, Streetsblog first reported.
A DOT official told members of Community Board 7 that “the lane markings and crosswalks are being installed this week where the roadway was resurfaced” and that they “plan to begin installing the protected bike lane in the coming weeks.”
The north-bound bike lane between 59th to 110th Streets was approved last year by Community Board 7, with the motivation behind the proposal being cyclist and pedestrian safety. Last year, the bike lane was built up to 77th Street.
While many cyclist and pedestrians will be happy to see this project complete, a lawsuit against the project was brought forth by the Century Condominium, which claimed the protected bike lane required a formal environmental review before it could proceed. The argument stated that the protected bike lane would lead to increased vehicle traffic, and as a result, increased pollution. Other residents of the condo were focused on the loss of 400 parking spaces. This lawsuit was dismissed, and the judge presiding over the case stated that a full environmental review was not necessary since a painted bike lane already existed.
Good, now they can close the bike lanes on Columbus and Amsterdam which inhibit commerce, run over pedestrians and reduce traffic to a single lane many times each day which results in honking and EMT vehicles that get stuck in the clogged traffic. Whose idea was this anyway, no wonder we have decimated retail storefronts, they can’t get deliveries, service people like plumbers and electricians can’t park, etc.
Time to take back the Upper West Side.