I am an advocate of bike lanes. I know safe bike riding can be done around our city, especially on Park Avenue, if done the right way. I remember living in Manhattan in the 90’s thinking how bike riding there was insane. Only crazy messenger or delivery folks did it. Well, go to manhattan today and you will see that it works. It needs to be executed properly.
“New York City has doubled its bike lane networks since 2006, bringing the total mileage to more than 400. Most bike lanes are selected for installation based on the Department of Transportation’s 1997 Bicycle Master Plan. New York has some of the most innovative bike lane designs in the country, including physically-separated cycle-tracks (8th Avenue, 9th Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan), parking-protected bike lanes (Grand Street in Manhattan) and two-way separated lanes (Prospect Park West and Kent Avenue in Brooklyn). [LINK]
I am please to hear about this grant, however pretty bummed east of LB Blvd gets the shaft. It would be so easy. It’s an old photo, but look at how much room east of Park Avenue has:
Lanes should be for the entire avenue. There is room to make the vehicle lanes narrower. Don’t quote me on the exact measurements, but our lanes are 12 feet and wider. They should be 10 feet. It would be safer for everybody, drivers and cyclists alike. No impact on your precious driving. Here is a great article on that topic: Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now. Let’s make “10 not 12!” a new mantra for saving our cities and towns.
PRESS RELEASE: December, 2015
CITY OF LONG BEACH AWARDED $500,000 GRANT
TO ESTABLISH BICYCLE LANES ON PARK AVENUE
Long Beach, NY –The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant from the New York State Department of State, in the amount of $500,000, to help fund the City’s streetscape improvements to create a more resilient and connected commercial corridor with the addition of bike lanes on Park Ave. from Long Beach Blvd. and Grand Blvd.
This project will enable the City to address significant safety issues by reducing conflicts between motorists, pedestrians, & cyclists, alleviate parking demand, and generate essential economic activity while encouraging alternative and environmentally-friendly modes of transportation and transit-oriented development. The funds will be matched by the city’s Capital budget, and community engagement will be a critical component of the final design.
“As part of our Complete Streets goals, we have envisioned a more bike-friendly Long Beach,” stated City Council President Len Torres. “After aggressively advocating for several years to obtain funding for this project, we are absolutely thrilled to finally see it come to fruition. The addition of bicycle lanes is yet another component of rebuilding a stronger, smarter, and safer Long Beach.”
“In 2013, the City Council approved the Complete Streets Policy in an effort to help our local businesses as well as promote a healthier lifestyle and cleaner environment,” commented City Council Vice President Fran Adelson. “The City’s Department of Economic Development and Planning applied for this grant for each of the last two years, and we would like to sincerely thank the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and Assemblyman Kaminsky for their support in helping us obtain this funding.”
“I was pleased to assist the City of Long Beach in securing this grant to promote bicycling, a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation,” said Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky. “Bike lanes are essential to cyclist safety and by increasing residents’ ability to bike on Park Ave, I am confident that more residents will choose to bike and therefore move toward healthier and greener methods of transportation.”