More Community Support for Bike Lanes: Hell’s Kitchen Edition

09.23.11 Myles Tanzer

On Wednesday night, a preliminary proposal to build protected bike lanes on 8th and 9th Avenues between 34th and 59th Street was approved by Community Board 4’s Transportation Planning Committee in Hell’s Kitchen. But things didn’t go as smoothly as they did in Harlem, with some area business owners denouncing the plan.

They claim it will make deliveries impossible, however the DOT says they’ve got that covered and have designated space for a loading zone. Residents countered that the lanes are crucial to keep their neighborhood safe. Which groups knows what’s best for their community?