There has been a ton of controversy surrounding the addition of the new bike lane on Washington Street. Some serious cyclists have strong feelings about the absurdity of having a bike lane on the left hand side of the road (see BCBC group feed). Recently, I observed a car double parked in the new bike lane, by the public library. This made me take a second look at the positioning of this lane. If it were on the right side of the street would people be less inclined to park there? I’m no expert but, I still say just there being a clearly labeled bike lane in the street will hopefully promote cyclists in the area to use it and increase bicycle awareness. After all, bike riders belong in the street, and some motorists need to be reminded of that.
While some say Newark is making major strides towards bike safety by adding a total of seven new lanes throughout the city, many say it is doing the opposite with poor urban planning. What do you think?
Additional Newark Bike Lanes To Look Out For:
- Mt. Prospect Avenue between City Line and Heller Parkway
- Irvine Turner Boulevard between Clinton Avenue and Springfield Avenue
- Jones Street between Springfield Avenue and South Orange Avenue
- Norfolk Street between South Orange Street and West Market Street
- Clifton Avenue between Orange Street and Victoria Street
- First Street between West Market and Sussex Avenue