This Week: See the DOT Fifth Avenue Bikeway Plan

Fifth Avenue is the most heavily cycled southbound avenue in Manhattan, even though it doesn’t have a protected bikeway. Image: Google Maps
Fifth Avenue is the most heavily cycled southbound avenue in Manhattan, even though it doesn’t have a protected bikeway. Image: Google Maps

On Thursday, DOT will reveal its plan for a protected bike lane on Fifth Avenue.

Fifth Avenue gets more bike traffic than any other southbound avenue in Manhattan, according to DOT bike counts, and New Yorkers have been asking the city to make it a complete street for years. DOT committed to studying a redesign in 2014, after community boards signaled support. Local City Council Member Dan Garodnick has also endorsed revamping the street.

The Manhattan CB 2 transportation committee will be first to see the bikeway plan. It’s important that DOT and the community board hear from people who support making Fifth Avenue safer for biking and walking.

Streetsblog calendar highlights below. Check the full calendar for more info on these and other listings.

  • Tuesday: Transportation Alternatives continues its activist training series. This week’s session: “Power Mapping — Learning to Connect the Dots and Win Campaigns.” 111 John Street, Suite 260, Manhattan. 6:30 p.m. RSVP here.
  • Thursday: DOT and the MTA host an L train workshop in East Williamsburg. Progress High School for Professional Careers, 850 Grand Street, Brooklyn. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Volunteers for Transportation Alternatives will ask the Manhattan CB 9 transportation committee to add a “complete Upper Amsterdam” to its April agenda. 18 Old Broadway. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The Manhattan CB 2 transportation committee will hear from DOT on two projects: the proposal for a Fifth Avenue protected bike lane and a request for street and sidewalk improvements at Eighth Avenue and Horatio Streets. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Riders Alliance will hold a Bus Turnaround Campaign strategy meeting. Food will be provided, along with MetroCards for participants who need them. More details and RSVP info here. 121 Sixth Avenue, Sixth Floor, Manhattan. 6:30 p.m.

Watch the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.


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