Manhattan Community Board 6 last night approved a DOT proposal for four new pairs of crosstown bike lanes  from 39th to 55th Streets.
Three pairs of lanes will run from First to Eighth Avenue, while a fourth set will be installed between Eighth Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. The lanes, planned ahead of this summer’s bike-share launch, will be interspersed with sharrows .
A “clear majority” of board members voted to recommend that DOT move forward with the plan, according to Midtown bike commuter Detta Ahl. However, Ahl said, some on the board had to be assured that the lanes would not be protected or separated from auto traffic. Public input also weighed in favor of the lanes.