Bike Manhattan: Safe, Quick, and Protected

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 9 a.m. - noon
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You'll learn about: 

  • Transportation Planning

  • Sustainability

  • Protected Bike Lane Design

  • Intersection design

  • Bike Network Development

We will start  from the Javits Center and head south on the Hudson River Greenway for a few blocks, showing off the premier cycling facility of NYC, that serves over 6,000 cyclists on a summer day. 

From there we will use standard bike lanes to jog east to 9th Ave where we will bike the first on-street parking protected bike lane in America.  We will see how a large urban arterial is designed so bikes and vehicles have independent signals (split phases). Participants will also see how low-cost materials, like markings and in-house concrete islands have transformed the street, increasing cycling and safety for all users.

From there we will continue through the heart of the West Village on Hudson Street and Bleecker Street, where we will see other tools in the NYCDOT toolbox such as mixing zones, way-finding, and landscaping.

At 7th Ave, we will discuss a planned complete street redesign that includes a protected bike lane.  We will be able to envision the challenges of the corridor while applying the materials and treatments that we have seen on the Hudson River Greenway, 9th Avenue and Hudson.  Planners responsible for outreach will discuss particulars of the community involvement.

We will then head north on 6th Avenue on a newly installed lane.  Here, we will see a narrower design and will discuss how we have adjusted design strategies.  As we approach Herald Square, we will look at how high pedestrian volumes affect a design.  New plaza spaces will be viewed and people will get a chance to relax on movable chairs, and enjoy a beverage from one of the plaza’s concessions.


Kimberly Rancourt , New York City *wildcard* , Brooklyn , NY
Theodore Wright , New York , NY (see bio)
Nicholas Carey , NYCDOTs Bicycle and Greenways Program , New York , NY