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.

You can read more TN coverage about First and Second Avenue bike lanes here and here.

TN readers: got any photos of the work in progress? Email them to us at transponation (at)


Comments [1]

John Carro

Please make sure this project goes forward.I have been waiting a long time to be able to commute to work but promised my wife I would only do so in a dedicated bike lane.I need to get from upper east side to midtown south.First and second ave bike lanes should do it. Are there any plans to extend East Side river path from 60th st to 34th st.? This would be a tremendous boon to bikers as well as pedestrians.

Jul. 28 2011 02:21 PM

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