I posted this question in the "Northeast" community board as well. I apologize for the duplication.
Can anyone explain what's up with the bike lanes in Manhattan? Some of them have changed recently and no one seems to understand it.
For example, 8th Avenue from Penn Station up to somewhere around 57th Street.
The pattern was, until recently, left to right (west to east):
sidewalk, parked cars, bike lane, four lanes of traffic, parked cars, and finally the other sidewalk.
But now this has become:
sidewalk, a green painted lane, door zone, parked cars, four lanes of traffic, parked cars, and the other sidewalk.
The green painted lane is not marked as a bike lane. Pedestrians assume it is an extension of the sidewalk, bikes assume it is a bike lane, and it is very, very, very, dangerous.
Does anyone know?
I asked three policemen today, and they did not know. I called 311, and they did not know.