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Protected Bike Lanes Coming to Second Avenue in Midtown, City Says

(DNAINFO)  Noah Horowitz | July 14, 2016 — Protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands are coming to some intersections, according to plans.

The city is moving to plug a gap in Midtown’s bike lanes by adding a stretch of protected bike lane on Second Avenue, according to the Department of Transportation.

Second Avenue between East 59th and East 42nd streets will be getting a protected bike lane so southbound cyclists don’t have to share a busy lane of traffic, according to a presentation of the plan by DOT at a Community Board 6 Transportation Committee meeting on Monday.

The corridor in question currently has a shared lane with painted markings. But cars take over the road during peak hours, and some bike advocates see this as dangerous for novice cyclists, according to the DOT.

Under the DOT’s plan, the stretch between 59th and 52nd streets would be a protected curbside lane, shielded from traffic by a five-foot-wide buffer zone and a parking lane.

Source: Protected Bike Lanes Coming to Second Avenue in Midtown, City Says – Midtown East – DNAinfo New York