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NYC DOT Begins Building New First and Second Avenue Bike Lanes North of 34th Street
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 11:49 AM
Work began Tuesday on a pair of bike lanes on Manhattan's First and Second Avenues.
According to a flyer distributed by the New York City Department of Transportation, a parking-protected bicycle path and left-turn lanes at intersections is being installed on First Avenue between East 34th and East 49th Streets. Further north to 57th Street, a shared bicycle lane is being marked. And on Second Avenue from 34th to 59th Streets, a shared lane is being marked.
There are existing bike lanes on both avenues below 34th Street. (A pdf of the city's biking network is here.)
According to the DOT, the project will take about two months. Right now crews are working on markings to create the new bike path and route on First Avenue. Work will then move to Second Avenue, though there will be times when work crews will be on both avenues simultaneously. Parking regulations have been updated at some locations and additional hours for commercial parking were created along the corridor.
You can see the NYC DOT's flyer on the new bike lanes here.
TN readers: got any photos of the work in progress? Email them to us at transponation (at) gmail.com