Alphabet City Two-Way Bike Lane on Avenue B!

It's time to #BikeAveB!

A historical source of Alphabet City's fight for tenants rights and neighborhood empowerment, Avenue B today is a vibrant 14-block stretch in the East Village that is lined with schools, cultural institutions and community gardens. Tompkins Square Park, the adjacent libraries and burgeoning night life combine to make Avenue B an increasingly busy corridor for people on foot and on two wheels.

Despite being a narrow avenue, Avenue B allows two-way travel for cars, but has no dedicated lanes for anybody who wants to ride a bicycle. Yet parents and neighbors alike are already choosing to ride down this unsafe corridor.

To make the problem worse, trucks and commercial vehicles have no curbside loading zones. Every day we see them double-parking in order to make deliveries to the dozens of small businesses along Avenue B.

We need a safe, two-way protected bike lane on Avenue B, complete with pedestrian safety improvements! 

The closure of the East River bike Path as part of the upcoming East River Coastal Resiliency plan adds real urgency to the situation. The loss of the East River Greenway park facilities for several years will increase demand to transform Avenue B into a street that can be safer for all users.

By local law, our youngest New Yorkers are allowed to ride on the sidewalk until they are 14 years old. But some of us can't afford to allow them to bike independently given the current conditions of our streets. Community Board 3, we need your help! When our daughters and sons turn 14 years old they will need a safe place to bike on Avenue B.

 

--Choresh Wald

East Village Resident

This petition will be delivered to
Council Member Carlina Rivera, Manhattan Community Board 3
A source of Alphabet City's historic fights for tenants rights and neighborhood empowerment, Avenue B is a vibrant 14-block stretch in the East Village that is lined with community gardens, cultural institutions or a K-12 school on almost every block. Tompkins Square Park, the adjacent libraries and burgeoning night life make Avenue B an increasingly desirable place to walk and bike.

Despite being a narrow avenue, Avenue B is two-ways for cars but dangerous for anybody who wants to ride a bicycle. Parents and neighbors alike are already choosing to ride down this unsafe corridor.

To make the problem worse, Trucks and commercial vehicles have no curbside loading zones. Every day we see them double-parking in order to make deliveries to the dozens of small businesses on Avenue B.

We need a safe, Two-Way Protected Bike Lane on Avenue B! 

The closure of the East River bike Path as part of the upcoming East River Coastal Resiliency plan adds real urgency to the situation. The loss of the East River Greenway park facilities for several years will increase demand to transform Avenue B into a street that can be safer for all users.

By local law, our youngest New Yorkers are allowed to ride on the sidewalk until they are 14 years old. But some of us can't afford to allow them to bike independently given the current conditions of our streets. Community Board 3, we need your help! When our daughters and sons turn 14 years old they will need a safe place to bike on Avenue B.
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