White Plains Launches First Dedicated Bike Lanes in City's History

The following is a press release from the City of White Plains

Mayor Thomas M. Roach will launch the first ever official dedicated bike lane route in the City of White Plains on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 11:00 am at the White Plains Library Plaza.

Mayor Roach will be joined by Council Member David Buchwald; David McKay Wilson, Westchester Putnam Cycling Club President; Veronica Vanterpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director; and Kate Marshall, Cycling Safety Instructor, along with cyclists from throughout Westchester County. 

A short press conference will be followed by a bike ride following the bike lane route. Click on the PDF for a map of the bike lanes and bike path

The bike lane route is both a commuter and recreational route connecting residents from the more suburban sections of White Plains to the downtown, train station and Bronx River pathway. The loop encompasses Lexington Avenue, Martin Luther King Blvd and Water Street.

“This is an historic accomplishment for the City. Dedicated bike lanes have been discussed for thirty years and we finally made it happen. I’m proud to work with my colleagues in moving our city to a more bikeable, walkable downtown. Bike lanes are a low cost way to implement traffic calming tools. I want to thank Commissioner Tom Soyk on his leadership and guidance throughout this process,” said Mayor Roach.

Bike lanes provide numerous safety, health, environmental, and traffic benefits. On wide streets, they help slow down vehicular traffic making it safer for people of all ages and abilities to cross. Bike lanes improve traffic flow and reduce the chance that motorists will stray into cyclists’ path of travel. They also remind motorists to look for cyclists when turning or opening car doors. Additionally, they provide a safe space for bicyclists on streets while also encouraging bicyclists to ride in the correct direction of traffic.

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Denise Di Biasi June 16, 2012 at 09:05 AM
I think this is a great idea. I hope everyone knows to stop and look before opening the driver's doors before exiting their cars. One can really cause a terrible accident if they don't know a cyclist is on his way.
Cheryl June 16, 2012 at 02:20 PM
This is great! We need more bike lanes! Thank you to Mayor Roach!!!!
Laura Campagna June 16, 2012 at 03:47 PM
it is a great idea, however as a lifelong White Plains resident I have seen that the drivers on the streets could care less about other cars on the roads let alone bicycles. I have already seen cars driving in the bicycle lanes I just hope and pray nobody gets hurt with those ignorant drivers
LOVE MY WP June 16, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Drivers are careless, no doubt, but cyclists need to follow the rules of the road and not go through red lights and ride on the proper side of the road, etc. My major concern is at the train station where the lane begins on North Lexington. That is a brutal merge and the bike lane is right smack in the middle. I do that trip at least 4x a day and nobody cares about anybody let alone a cyclist... but that's a separate problem!
Sally June 18, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Nice. Bike lanes save lives and benefit everyone.


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