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Is a Bike Lane Right for 15th Street?

Last week, the DOT revealed their plans for 15th Street and Bartel-Pritchard Square. Now it’s time for you to weigh in.

If you’re a biker, pedestrian or a car enthusiast you probably have an opinion about driving up Prospect Park West, making a right into the traffic circle and then taking a right onto 15th Street.

The Department of Transportation has , some of them already in motion like the new light at 15th Street. But the question for today concerns the DOT’s plans for making .

Starting at Bartel-Pritchard Square to Eighth Avenue, there will be a shared bike lane, which means drivers and bikers share the same space. But once past Eighth to Third Avenue, the bike lane and the car lane become separated by painted lines.

Under the proposed plan the 35-foot road will be cut into sections: a 9-foot parking lane on the north side, an 11-foot moving car lane next to it, a 5-foot painted bike lane and then a 10-foot parking space on the south side for cars. 

The bike lane on 15th Street will be installed on the left-hand side, the south side, to avoid any conflicts between bikers and buses while making a right-hand turn onto 15th Street.

So, what do you guys think? One commenter on the original article last week said: “More bike lanes please!!!! Why isn't the one on 15th going to be separated from cars? There's enough space to make it really safe.”

Make sure to vote in the poll below!

Ashley June 27, 2012 at 02:01 AM
This is a great plan. We need more bike lanes. Preferably protected.
Benjamin Kintisch June 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Bike lanes make it safer to bike and safer to drive. When I bike I want a lane so I feel safer. When I drive I prefer driving on a road where there is a bike lane - that way I can know where to expect to see cyclists.
Ken June 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
A few quick notes... Prospect Park bike lanes are one way...then paint a line down the middle and make them 2 way. (See how easy that was). 15th and 14th Streets are wide streets...actually, 15th Street between Bartel-Pritchard Square and 8th Avenue is as narrow as any normal street. True, it gets wider below 8th Avenue, but 14th Street is "narrow" all the way. It's true that I park my car on "public land", but I pay a registration fee, gasoline taxes, insurance, etc. for the right to do so. So far, bicycles pay nothing. In a lot of places (Canada, Florida, to name 2) you must have license plates on bicycles. This would be a good idea. And last(ly), a lot of cyclists are not very good operators. (True, you can say the same for auto drivers). I have driven a lot of miles in my 73 years, and I have ridden a bicycle a lot of miles, too. My age and health do not allow me to ride a bicycle anymore, and I do miss it. (But I would never ride on a city street with cars...that's insanity!) However, if I could, and had to go a distance (say the airport or another city) going by bicycle would be impractical. A bicycle is mostly for recreational use. OK, so some of you go to work on it...but probably not in the pouring rain or snow, etc. Look, cars are here to stay. Maybe bikes are too, but the car and truck are now necessary. Stop all the nonsense. Keep bikes and cars away from each other. It's a disaster waiting to happen.
loren June 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I am not against bike lanes, I am against the way the bike lane was constructed on PPW. But that isn't the main point ... is this what we should be spending money on? How many millions did they spend on the newly constructed pedesterian things on PPW? When we still have homeless? When our schools are a freaking mess? When our animals suffer in one of the worst, most under funded shelter systems in the country? A shelter system that is an embarrassment to New York? Bike lanes are great, but they should be way down the priority list after people, kids and animals.
O'Brien June 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM
You're right Loren - in this day and age of budget cuts and homeless people, let's not spend money on public pools, parks, or road repair! Why, they're spending over half a BILLION dollars to fix the Brooklyn Bridge. In a world of dying puppies and uneducated kids, we should definitely not be spending a single dollar on anything else.

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