UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — Two new bike lanes will be installed this summer on the Upper East Side — but only temporarily, the city announced Monday.

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The protected bike lanes will be implemented along East 61st and 62nd streets between 5th and York avenues. They’re being built to accommodate an increase in bike use during the coronavirus pandemic, and will force some adjustments to the Open Restaurant setups along those streets, the Department of Transportation said on Twitter.

The lanes will be protected by delineators, street markings and signs, the DOT said.

Implementation will begin in late summer, according to the DOT, although with less than three weeks remaining before Fall begins, it wasn’t immediately clear how soon the lanes would be built.

The DOT did not immediately respond to questions about when the bike lanes would be implemented and how long they would be left in place.

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