In the past, New York wasn’t exactly been known as a bike-friendly city, but Transportation Alternatives is trying to change that. The organization is planning to install protected cycle lanes on Fifth and Sixth avenues, which would allow two-wheeled New Yorkers to travel much more easily and safely around the island. The new lanes would make a huge difference in our bikeability rep by letting more riders navigate two of the city’s most centrally-located roadways. After all, what’s the point in cycling round the city if you’re unable to use New York’s main routes?

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In a statement, the organization said: “T.A. is kicking off an exciting new campaign to bring protected bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements to 5th and 6th Avenues. These iconic streets have some of the highest bike ridership and pedestrian volumes in the Manhattan, but they lack the infrastructure New Yorkers need to get around safely.”

The campaign is officially starting with a meeting on August 8th at 7 p.m. at the organization’s office, located on the 10th floor of 127 W. 26th Street. Here, plans will be mapped out for the campaigns and ideas put forward about how to get more New Yorkers on their bikes.

Of course, this is not the first time that the idea of protected bike lanes has been discussed before. Back in October, Eric Stern, a member of the Community Board 5 transportation committee, proposed extending bike lanes north on Sixth Avenue to Central Park, although until now, the plans haven’t gained much traction.

“If we’re going to have many more people riding in our district, maybe we should have a bike lane in the center,” Stern argued at the time. Of course, heavy traffic on that road was pointed out as a major problem, especially with dangerous driving as a threat to cyclists.

“I don’t see the benefit of trying to implement a bike lane in this corridor, said Michael Keane, who was chair of the CB5 transportation committee at the time. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

However Transportation Alternatives is looking to change all of that – here’s hoping they succeed!

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