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 in 2017, 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 safer travel between Marcus Garvey Park on 120th street and the northern 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 lane network in 2020.
Along with the two-way protected bike lanes, the city will install painted pedestrian islands, curb extensions and dedicated left turn lanes, the DOT said. The DOT didn’t immediately say when the project would be completed.
Crews have been installing a two-way protected #BikeNYC lane on 5th Ave between Duke Ellington Circle and 120th St, connecting Marcus Garvey Park and Central Park. This project also includes painted pedestrian islands, curb extension, and dedicated left turn phases. pic.twitter.com/AiGORxXb3c
— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 8, 2020
In February, the city said that the project would entail a complete redesign of Fifth Avenue, 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, 116th and 118th streets, where left turn lanes will be added.
Brendan Krisel contributed to this report.