Tonight: Speak up for a safer Lafayette Street
Tonight, the Traffic and Transportation Committee of Manhattan’s Community Board 2 will hear a presentation from DOT on upgrading the Lafayette Street bike lane from a buffered lane, as pictured above, to a parking-protected lane from Spring Street to 14th Street. It’s kind of a no-brainer, as the real estate is certainly there and little will change about the access drivers have to the street.
But despite great leadership on this committee, nothing can be taken for granted. My last experience with CB2, while positive in many regards, showed me how even the most basic pieces of bike infrastructure still face giant hurdles. Plus, it’s not just about the bike. Time and time again, protected bike lanes have improved safety for everyone on the street, including drivers and pedestrians. Seeing as how this proposal represents the first parking-protected bike lane of the Vision Zero era and one of the most significant safety upgrades early in 2014, it would be nice for livable streets advocates to show up in abundance to support the agency that’s leading the charge.
Community Board 2’s Traffic and Transportation Committee meets tonight at 6:30 at the NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place, Room 520. (I.D. required to enter building.)