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Plaza Street striping begins

July 12, 2012

DOT has begun striping the new bidirectional bike lane on Plaza Street.  The area between the parked cars and the new buffer will eventually be painted green and allow for contra-flow cycle traffic.

Of course, contra-flow cycle traffic was already happening in this location long before the idea of a two-way bike lane was ever proposed.  The new design will give passing cyclists a little more breathing room, provided their path isn’t blocked by double parked cars and other kinds of oncoming traffic.

Traffic was really light when I rode up to Plaza Street this morning, and I didn’t see any drivers bunching up at Union Street, as is often the case.  We’ll see how it all plays out after the installation is complete.  If you snap any pictures or have any reports, please send them my way.

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9 Comments
  1. alicia permalink
    July 12, 2012 11:36 am

    why is stripping and degrading the road (and not repaving it) DOT’s method of changing traffic patterns. Already ruined Prospect Park with this short shortsighted fix

  2. July 12, 2012 11:39 am

    Plaza Street had one lane for cars and trucks before and it will have one lane for cars and trucks after this is complete. Hows does this degrade the road or change the traffic pattern for drivers?

    • alicia permalink
      July 12, 2012 3:34 pm

      By degrade the road I mean the actual surface. The scraping makes for a dangerous uneven pavement. As stated in the article, from what I understand the traffic pattern will change for bikes making it designated 2 way traffic. Is that what bidirectional means?

  3. alicia permalink
    July 12, 2012 6:43 pm

    Just wishing there was a way to paint over instead of scraping. I’m always catching my wheel…albeit skate… in a channel or rough patch.

  4. July 13, 2012 2:30 pm

    Alicia, bike lanes are made for bikes and bike commuters. No offense to roller bladers, runners, walkers, dog walkers, but they are not meant for you. We need to all band together and make the streets safer for everybody by giving the cars only what is fair in terms of space. Until this is done though you’ll have problems when you try to skate in bike lanes. That’s just how it is.

  5. alicia permalink
    July 13, 2012 3:53 pm

    No offense taken and I agree we should all band together. As a speed skater I’m designated to the bike lanes. However I’m also a biker and bike commuter and all for making the street safer for everyone. I don’t think we need to scrape the road to do so. Why make a problem by making rough pavement? Not good on my bike either.

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  1. Eyes on the Street: Plaza Street Bike Lane Goes Both Ways | Streetsblog New York City
  2. Plaza Street Bike Lanes Going In – insiderater.com

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