Eight years of talking about design upgrades for Dyckman Street was not enough for Manhattan Community Board 12, which voted to table part of a DOT plan to add bike lanes to the major Inwood cross street at a transportation committee meeting last night.
To recap, last spring DOT proposed a road diet for the commercial segment of Dyckman between Broadway and Nagle Avenue: a general traffic lane and five-foot painted bike lane in each direction, with a painted median and a center turn lane. Between Nagle and 10th Avenue, where painted bike lanes were striped around 10 years ago, DOT plans to install a nine-foot-wide, two-way protected bikeway on the south side of the street, which borders Highbridge Park.
The plan also includes a much-needed curb extension and new crosswalk at Dyckman and 10th Avenue, where there is an elementary school. Concrete median islands at Vermilyea and Post avenues, however, were in the plan at one point but are no longer part of the proposal.
DOT developed the plan eight years after local residents called for an continuous protected bikeway along the full length of Dyckman, connecting the east side and west side greenways. CB 12 has asked DOT for Dyckman bike lanes — twice — but in June the board declined to vote on the plan, saying more meetings should be held. After two hours of discussion, much of it off-topic, last night the committee split its vote in two, endorsing the protected bike lane section, including the new crosswalk at 10th Avenue, and tabling the rest of the project.