A proposal for 9th Ave. in Manhattan will utilize cars themselves to protect cyclists from vehicular traffic. The seven-block stretch of road in Chelsea will run from 23rd St. to 16th St. and designers are calling it the street of the future. It will feature a ten foot-wide bike lane adjacent to the sidewalk that will be separated from traffic by a parking lane. To prevent motorists from using the wide-open curbside lane for parking, it will be buffered by physical barriers like planters.

The remade 9th Ave. will also include a feature known as a pedestrian refuge, which juts laterally across the road and reduces the length of the pedestrian crossing from 70 to 45 feet. The design has been used in Europe for some time but it will be a first for New York City. Work on the road rehab is expected to be complete next month. Streetsblog has more details on the plan with enhanced graphics illustrating the concept.

(Image part of The New York Times graphic)