I admit that I’m a fairly shameless promoter of all things bike-like, so it’s probably no surprise that I was attracted to a recent announcement from NY City that was taking a leap to actually install protected bike lanes in a 7 mile stretch of downtown Manhattan. As I read the article, and looked at the renderings, I kept thinking what a good idea that would be for parts of SR 59. I know that SR 59 is pretty tight along the auto mile, but between downtown and Kent State it sure seems like there’d be an opportunity to encourage more bike based transportation by having a protected bike lane.
The NY Department of Transportation revealed plans for New York City’s first-ever physically-separated bike lane, or “cycle track,” at a Manhattan Community Board 4 meeting last night. The new bike path will run southbound on Ninth Avenue from W. 23rd to W. 16th Street in Manhattan. Unlike the typical Class II on-street bike lane in which cyclists mix with motor vehicle traffic, this new design will create an exclusive path for bicycles between the sidewalk and parked cars.
DOT’s plan also includes traffic signals for bicyclists, greenery-filled refuge areas for pedestrians, a new curbside parking plan, and signalized left-turn lanes for motor vehicles. “The left turn lane will be immediately adjacent to the bike lane,” DOT Bicycle Program Director Josh Benson explained to CB4 members. “As a cyclist you’ll know that if there’s a car next to you, that car is turning left.” Likewise, left-turning drivers’ view of cyclists will be completely unobscured. The bike lane is 10-feet wide to accommodate street cleaning and emergency vehicles.
Maybe something like this is a way to extend the esplanade from campus into downtown Kent.
Just a thought.