New York City recently unveiled its latest protected bike lane, located next to Van Cortlandt Park on Broadway.
This brand new two-way protected lane is the first of its kind in the area, and bikers, many of whom were looking for anything to kill the time before school starts up again soon, quickly broke out their bicycles to test out the latest addition to their part of the city.
This redesigned bike lane is also huge for pedestrians hoping to access the park. Between 2010 and 2014, 10 pedestrians were seriously injured or killed north of 242nd street on Broadway. Converting this area into a new parking-protected bikeway narrowed the distance between protected areas by approximately 30 percent, and some people believe that it may even cut down on the number of drivers who speed in the area.
Constructing this lane was far from an easy task though – Bronx Community Board 8 leadership attempted to stonewall the project, expressing concerns about how the protected bike lane would affect parking spaces in the area. The Local Council pushed through this opposition, and noted that the redesigned street doesn’t actually cut down the number of parking spots, it simply makes double-parking more difficult.
The shorter distance between protected areas should help limit the danger to pedestrians going to and from the park. Photo credit: NY Department of Transportation.
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