CB6 supports 7th Avenue bike lanes
by Patrick Kearns
Jan 25, 2017 | 2308 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Board 6 is backing the Department of Transportation's proposal for a combination bike lane on 7th Avenue in Park Slope.

The board passed a resolution supporting the plan by a 23-8 vote with one abstention.

DOT's proposal calls for a Class III bike lane between Flatbush Avenue and Carroll Street and a Class II lane between Carroll and 15th streets. A Class II lane is a dedicated bike lane and a Class III lane is a lane shared with traffic.

Despite the significant support, chair Sayar Lonial said the Transportation and Public Safety Committee had two recommendations.

“First, that within a year of implementation the department return to the committee to report on its findings including how well the lane is utilized and its impact on public safety,” Lonial wrote in a letter to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

“Second, we would like the department to reconsider the proposed width of the four-foot wide double yellow buffer down the middle of the street for the Class II lane, which we believe to be excessive,” he continued.

A DOT spokesperson said the agency is reviewing the requests, but they expect implementation of the lanes to start in the spring.

Lonial said the board discussed whether the bike lanes would highlight existing safety problems, like double-parked vehicles, illegal U-turns, and failure to yield to pedestrians.

“We remain concerned that our local precinct may not have access to sufficient resources to address this problem and others like it in a sustainable fashion until drivers’ behavioral changes take a foothold,” he said.

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