The first phase of Manhattan’s 10th Avenue bike lane upgrade is now underway. The project is working to bring a 10-foot bike lane between West 38th Street and West 52nd Street to improve the safety of cyclists and e-bike riders.
In addition to the wider bike lane, the administration is working to install new concrete pedestrian islands, redesigned intersections, and up to date bicycle corrals.
“As biking grows in popularity, our infrastructure must grow alongside it. A 10-foot lane on 10th Avenue will enable e-bikes and traditional bikes to coexist, creating room for faster vehicles to pass and promoting safe behavior on the road, while supporting our growing cargo bike delivery industry,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi.
The bike lane improvements are all part of Mayor Eric Adams; “Charge Safe, Ride Safe: New York City’s Electric Micromobility Action Plan. In fact, the administration is on target to finish the record number of new protected bike lane miles in 2023.
“The upgrades we have completed will make 10th Avenue safer for everyone, and the extra-wide bike lane will make it easier for cyclists to feel comfortable riding through the neighborhood,” said Mayor Eric Adams.
Data shows that creating safer protected bike lanes by “shortening crossing distances at intersections for pedestrians, calming vehicle traffic, and improving visibility” has proven to reduce deaths and consequential injuries of all road users by 18.1 percent.
“Traffic violence is on the rise nationwide, but we have the power to reverse this trend in New York City by building infrastructure that prioritizes safety and accessibility for all road users. I enthusiastically welcome the new 10th Avenue bike-and pedestrian-friendly improvements in my district,” said New York State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal.
The second phase of the project will be implemented in the new year. This will cover the areas from West 14th Street to West 38th Street.