After more than four months merging with weaving bus drivers and speeding psychopaths on Allen Street in Chinatown, it is our pleasure to report that the beautiful new Allen Street bike path is almost fully open. Since the spring, the bike path in the center of Allen Street south of Delancey has been off limits as the city renovated a fancy greenway with special lanes for northbound and south bound cyclists, a center lane for pedestrians, trees, benches, bike racks, and recreation areas. But to accommodate the work, cyclists were perilously squeezed into two lanes of rushing traffic on a badly paved street, with no shoulder.

Well, that long hairy LES nightmare is almost over. As of this week, the bike paths on Allen Street from Hester to Delancey are now open, and Parks Department spokesman Philip Abramson tells us the bike paths on Pike Street from Madison to Cherry Streets should be opened in the next week, "and the remaining section to South Street should be completed by the end of the month."

The rest of the project still needs at least another month or two, however. Abramson says, "The mall reconstruction along the bike paths will be completed in September after additional landscape work and benches for the malls are installed." Stay tuned! Here's a closer look at the whole project, for the Pike-Allen Street Pedestrian Mall completists in the audience.