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Old December 19th, 2007, 06:03 AM   #1
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I Love The New Bike Lane on 9th Ave

I was in the city this weekend, i totally loved the new bikes lanes on 9th Ave.

I didn't have my camera cuz i didnt know i was going to run into this lovely surprised but i will take it next time, i wonder how nice it will look in the summer!! cant wait/

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Old December 19th, 2007, 06:16 PM   #2
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Nice, they been doing these in the outerboroughs.

They're also testing different colors for them:



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Old December 19th, 2007, 09:45 PM   #3
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that looks like a chemical spill on the street.

I still think it needs a physical seperator.
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Old December 20th, 2007, 12:43 AM   #4
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lol yeah it does. That's what I thought the first time I saw it on Prince street. It faded away though..
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Old December 20th, 2007, 01:38 AM   #5
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Here is a video of it without the sidewalks, you can see they are still being built.

http://www.streetsblog.org/2007/10/0...t-cycle-track/


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Old December 21st, 2007, 02:08 AM   #6
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meh. i rarely have to go down that stretch of 9th ave during a work day, but whenever i do, i just stay merged with traffic and blast by those stupid bike lanes. the main thing is, i do around 25-30mph on avenues and it's just more dangerous for me to ride in any bike lane, rather than in the middle of traffic (hugging the white dotted lines). the 9th ave bike lane's awesome for anyone who just wants to be as safe as possible and all chilled out, but when you gotta get places quick, it's just a big boring hassle - and cars will still turn off of the avenue/onto streets and cut you the fuck off.

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Old December 21st, 2007, 02:11 AM   #7
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by the way, i don't see this working on a more crowded avenue at all because, in a place like midtown, those bike lanes would just become cozy pedestrian plazas for all the asshole tourists. i REALLY hope this style bike lane isn't standardized throughout the city.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 03:35 AM   #8
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thats a somewhat selfish to say, i think having tourist in NYC is a great thing, it creates a lot of jobs for a lot of people whether they are annoying or not. I think many agree its a great way for the city to become more people friendly because personally i dont think it is, its cars cars cars what about the streets for people. Its going to make NY healthier if people really take the idea and use it, without these things people are not really going to want to be "GREENER" at heart and NYC needs its ASAP.

Im not an activist at this, but i feel like this will make NYC look nicer.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 04:52 AM   #9
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lol, i didn't say ALL tourists were assholes. i don't mind tourists at all and am always happy to help any of them who need direction, but some of them are just completely oblivious to the concept of "look before crossing the road".
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Old December 21st, 2007, 05:17 AM   #10
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lol, i didn't say ALL tourists were assholes. i don't mind tourists at all and am always happy to help any of them who need direction, but some of them are just completely oblivious to the concept of "look before crossing the road".
LOL well they think cars will stop for them like they do in their native places.

The Reality is !!NOT HERE!!

Why i think the safe bike lanes and better designated sidewalks are the way to keep cars and people seperated in a harmony.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 03:38 PM   #11
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yeah the 9th ave lane is well designed but i just don't see it working in midtown at all.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 04:18 PM   #12
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New York the next Amsterdam?
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Old December 21st, 2007, 04:22 PM   #13
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yeah the 9th ave lane is well designed but i just don't see it working in midtown at all.
Personally Midtown it can look like they do in other cities, like in my native country Colombia.

Something like this Where the actual Bike path is no where near the cars.


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Or like here that its in the middle instead.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 01:26 AM   #14
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it might work over there but midtown manhattan is just too congested. everything between taxis, liveries, buses and whatnot won't have enough space to move around if an entire lane were taken away from them for the bike path. i mean, i'm sure taxi drivers love the current bike paths because they're basically the buffer zone they need to pick up and drop off people.
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Agreed. There's just not enough space for such bike paths in Midtown. If it's not the cars getting in the way, it's the people...
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 08:49 AM   #16
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Taxi's will have Bay Areas to drop off their passengers. Bikes will no longer be in the streets. And Pedestrians will be more aware of their spot.

I think NYC can pull it off. Obviously the Bike Lanes are not going to go thru every Avenue in NYC, but im sure they have a good plane to connect them somehow.
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