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Buffered Bike Lane Proposal Approved by Transportation Committee of CB 2

January 26, 2016
Buffered Bike Lane. Photo by Adam Coppola.

Buffered Bike Lane. Photo by Adam Coppola.

The Department of Transportation revealed at a District 2 community board meeting last Tuesday that the DOT is hoping to add a buffered bike lane to Lafayette Avenue between Fulton Street and Classon Avenue.

The proposal predicts that the bike lane will be ready sometime this summer.

The plan will create a bike lane which is set off from vehicular traffic using a striped, painted section. One lane of traffic will have to be removed to accommodate the three-foot-wide buffer and the five-foot-wide bike lane. Lafayette Avenue is a one-way street heading east. In addition, the parking lane will lose one foot, shrinking from 10 feet down to only nine.

It is also believed that the new bike lane will increase the use of CitiBike at the five stations found on Lafayette Avenue. Since cyclists are reluctant to travel down Lafayette eastward, those stations are not used much. The DOT is hoping that a safer passage will bring a larger number of bikes to those five CitiBike stations.

The plan also proposes that the speed limit be increased from 20 to 25mph, and traffic signals will also be readjusted. The change in the speed limit and signals should help reduce traffic congestion on the street.

Community board 2’s transportation committee unanimously approved the DOT’s plan, asking the DOT to present its plan to other community boards before heading forward with the street redesign. They also would like to see if there are additional ways for the DOT to further deter double parking in the bike lane.


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