Hi everyone. Â I had planned to attend last night’s meeting about the proposed improvements to Madison Avenue but decided not to; our six-year-old niece is visiting us this summer and this is her last week with us. Â So we a nice family night at home instead, complete with sandwiches from Lenny’s and yogurt from Yo Lo. Â Yum.
But Ty over at Living Loud in Midtown took some rather comprehensive notes which you can read here. Â Some of the notes are rather cryptic but overall I like what I see. Â It looks like 80-90% of respondents to last week’s survey want protected bike lanes. Â I also see a reference to slowing the speed limit on Madison from the current 35 M.P.H. to 30. Â Slowing traffic on Madison should allow for more cars on the road, perhaps alleviating concerns from the business owners about bike lanes.
Also interesting was the data about actual traffic levels – not capacity – on Madison. Â It looks like total volume was 12,000 to 13,000 cars per day, well down from the early 1980s, when volume was nearly 28,000 per day. Â Peak times were the evening, where 700 cars per hour traveled the road. Â Installing bike lanes and turn lanes would reduce capacity to around 17,000.
I’m really optimistic for the future of Madison Avenue, and very hopeful that bike lanes are part of that. Â You can read more about last night’s meeting here. Â Please take a moment to fill out this week’s survey once it is posted,Â and I’ll see you at next week’s meeting.
P.S. Â Forgot to mention this before – if you were at the meeting last night and have any information to share, please do so in the comments. Â Thanks!