By Nick Garber
The Long -planned, two-way bike lane along Fifth Avenue between 110th
and 120th streets in Harlem is now being built, the city said Tuesday.
Harlem-NY Work was underway Tuesday on a new, two-way bike lane
connecting Central Park with Marcus Garvey Park along Fifth Avenue, the
Department of Transportation announced on Twitter.
The project was first proposed in2017, with the DOT calling that stretch of
Fifth Avenue unsafe to bicyclists due to an excess capacity for vehicles
and wide travel lanes that encouraged speeding. The new lanes would allow
safter travel between Marcus Garvey Park on 120th street and the northen
edge of Central Park on 110th.
In February, the city announced that the long-planned lanes would be installed
this year, as part of a 10-mile expansion of Manhattan's protected bike land
network in 2020.. Along with the two-way protected bike lanes, the city will
install painted pedestrian islands, curb extensions and dedicated
left turn landes, the DOT said. The DOT didn't immediately say when the
project would be completed.
In February, the city said that the project would entail a complete redesign of
Fifth Ave. in two separate portions. One stretch, between 112th and 115th streets
would include perpendicular parking, while the rest of the avenue would not,
the DOT said. Both stretches will include floating parking lanes protecting
a two-way bike lane except at 112th, 116 and 118th streets, where left turn
lanes will be added.