This bike tour will cover the one-mile long stretch of center median malls along Allen and Pike Streets between Houston and South Streets, from the Lower East Side to Chinatown. The concrete malls, a relic from the elevated train lines that ran overhead until 1940, were underutilized, and the local community had voiced concerns about the safety of all users of the street. DOT’s operational changes doubled the width of the malls to create safe and pleasant pedestrian spaces with separated bicycle paths providing easy connections to the ever expanding bicycle network, bridges and the East River Esplanade. Tour attendees will see all stages of project implementation, from DOT’s at-grade roadbed reconfiguration with markings, seating, planters, and signal changes to the permanent construction of the bicycle greenway and pedestrian promenade.
Keri Tyler, New York City Department of Transportation