Manhattan CB 5 Committee Endorses 5th Avenue Protected Bike Lane

DOT is one step closer to flipping Fifth.

The DOT plan for a protected bike lane on 15 blocks of Fifth Avenue. Image: DOT
The DOT plan for a protected bike lane on 15 blocks of Fifth Avenue. Image: DOT

The Fifth Avenue protected bike lane got a thumbs up from the Manhattan Community Board 5 transportation committee last night, according to Transportation Alternatives Manhattan Organizer Chelsea Yamada, who live-tweeted the meeting.

The plan to install a bikeway for 15 blocks of Fifth between 23rd Street and Eighth Street was also endorsed by the CB 2 transportation committee earlier this month.

The current buffered bike lane on Fifth Avenue is often rendered unusable by double-parked drivers. It is one of the most heavily-biked streets in the city, and TransAlt’s petition to “Flip Fifth” and install a protected lane now has more than 17,000 signatures.

Back in December 2013, the CB 5 committee passed a resolution supporting a redesign of Fifth Avenue for better walking, biking, and transit through Midtown. Last night, someone asked why the bikeway won’t extend beyond 23rd Street, and DOT said it would be too complicated, according to Yamada.

Also last night, DOT introduced a plan for a permanent “shared street” on Broadway between 25th and 24th streets, by Madison Square. We’ll have more on that later.


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DOT presented a plan for a protected bike lane on 19 blocks of Sixth Avenue to the Manhattan Community Board 4 transportation committee last night. From 14th Street to 33rd Street, the design calls for carving out a six-foot bike lane and three-foot buffer protected from moving motor vehicles by a lane of parked cars [PDF]. Sixth […]
Fifth Avenue is the most heavily cycled southbound avenue in Manhattan, even though it doesn’t have a protected bikeway. Image: Google Maps

This Week: See the DOT Fifth Avenue Bikeway Plan

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