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.