Eyes on the Street: A Complete Street on Columbus Avenue, Completed

DOT crews install a pedestrian island at Columbus Avenue and 109th Street this afternoon. Photo: Stephen Miller

Foot-dragging from Community Board 7 meant it was split into two phases, but a protected bike lane, with pedestrian islands, is close to the finish line for Columbus Avenue between 110th and 70th Streets. The initial paint went down a couple weeks ago. This afternoon, DOT crews were installing the pedestrian islands and striping the bike lane with green paint.

The protected bike lane, which ends at 70th Street to become a shared lane before resuming as the Ninth Avenue protected bike lane at 59th Street, does not have a northbound pair, meaning that Upper West Siders looking to go uptown by bike have more limited options. A campaign led by Transportation Alternatives aims to build support among residents, community board members, and elected officials to bring a northbound complete street to Amsterdam Avenue, as well.

DOT workers spray green paint in the protected bike lane on Columbus Avenue at 104th Street. Photo: Stephen Miller