Bike Network Expansion Coming to Union Square This Fall

New and Extended Bike Lanes Along Union Square Park

mapExpanded bike lanes are in orange, brown, and purple. Map: DOT

Biking through Union Square is getting safer and easier for thousands of cyclists that ride through the Square daily. The City’s Department of Transportation is in the midst of major improvements to the area’s bike network this season, closing gaps and installing protected lanes, increasing safety and mobility for both pedestrians and cyclists.

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Ditch the Sidewalk – Citi Summer Streets Opens NYC Streets in August to Pedestrians

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Take the opportunity to hit the open streets of New York as Citi Summer Streets comes to Union Square for the first three Saturdays of August.

Visitors and locals of all ages and abilities are invited to play, run, walk and bike along Park Avenue, Union Square East and Fourth Avenue from 7 AM to 1 PM on August 6th, 13th and 20th. End your ride in Union Square with a trip to the Greenmarket located on the North Plaza and Union Square West, and further explore the neighborhood with our free walking tour at 2 PM, starting at the Abraham Lincoln Statue on the 16th Street Transverse.
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Janette Sadik-Khan Kicks Off #StreetFight Book Tour in Union Square

2010 NYC DOT Plaza Ribbon Cutting

Former NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan will be back in Union Square on Wednesday for the first stop of her book tour with co-author Seth Solomonow and Talking Heads’ David Byrne at the Union Square Barnes and Noble. Now a Principal at Bloomberg Associates, Sadik-Khan led the one of the most sweeping revitalization of New York City’s streets in a half-century during her tenure as Transportation Commissioner from 2007 to 2013. Continue reading

#RidewithPride – Colorful Bikes Pop Up in Union Square

10658777_852220558189994_963545176366330296_oOn Monday, a rainbow of color greeted commuters on East 17th Street off Union Square Park at the Citi Bike docks.  In celebration of this month’s pride, the company festively-wrapped 200 bicycles in bright colors. New Yorkers can catch a glimpse of the rainbow-colored bikes not just on the city streets, but also along the Pride March parade route this Sunday (June 28th) down Fifth Avenue. As a thriving transit hub, Union Square continues to be one of the most used Citi Bike locations in the bicycle share system. Be sure to keep an eye out for these brightly colored bikes as they roll through the neighborhood!

Happy Pride!

Fresh Routes MTA Pop-Up Store Makes Its Way to Union Square

photo credit: NY Daily News

photo credit: NY Daily News

Fresh Routes just opened a new pop-up shop in the Union Square subway station, making it easier for you to come up with quick and healthy dinner options. Fight the urge to order in, and cook up a fresh and flavorful dinner yourself in just 30 minutes using one of their easy dinner kits. Each convenient kit contains four generous portions Continue reading

District Alert: Work Starting on Protected Bike Path on Lafayette/Fourth Avenue

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As we reported in an earlier post, a new protected bicycle lane was proposed for Lafayette Street/Fourth Avenue from Spring Street to 12th Street, and was unanimously approved by Community Board 2. Implementation begins in mid-April.

In order to enhance safety and mobility DOT will be making the following
improvements on Lafayette Street between Spring and 14th Street:
• A parking-protected bicycle path will be installed from Prince to 12th Street Continue reading