Look! New York Grand Street Bike Lane

Anything look different about this to the bicycle riders (or drivers) out there?

We’d heard about bike lanes in Denmark like this, but were totally surprised when we spotted one here in New York yesterday.The bike lane is on the right, between parked cars and the sidewalk, so riders don’t have to worry about traffic coming from behind them, plus there’s less of a possibly of getting doored. Also, bicyclists don’t have to worry about double-parked cars hanging out in what’s supposed to be the bike lane.

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We did a little research, and it seems like there’s some concern about trucks and tour buses having trouble making a turn, and a possible decrease in tour groups for business there.

We usually only ride our bike in Brooklyn and don’t commute into the city, but this path is set up near the bridges, making it easier and hopefully, safer for us to ride.

What do you think?

photos: jen derose