Joseph Clement reports on the New York City's new "Class 1" bike lane on 9th Avenue.
"By pushing the parking out 10' away from the curb, an ample bike lane is created which is buffered from the fast moving traffic by the parked cars. To further provide safety for the cyclists the parked vehicles are buffered by an 8' wide strip of asphalt or concrete median so as to prevent opening doors from becoming an issue. Unfortunately the city has decided not to take this opportunity to create a beautiful allee of trees along this 8' median, instead leaving it as a barren strip of concrete and asphalt. This median could have become a dramatic visual statement in the landscape while providing much needed clean air and shade for both the cyclists and parked cars."