First Avenue traffic in New York City from the 5oth Street to 79th Streets have a traffic mess. The Bloomberg Administration added bike lanes several years ago. First Avenue used to have 6 lanes of traffic flow. The bike lane itself took away one of the six lanes. The parking area is now adjacent to the bike lane. This parking zone effectively takes away another lane of traffic thus leaving four lanes. The might be okay, but delivery trucks generally park adjacent to the parking area. This means that most of the work day yet another lane of traffic is removed leaving us with three lanes of traffic. But there is more!!!! The three lanes that are blocked to traffic are on the west side of the avenue. The lane on the east part of the avenue allows parking or delivery trucks to stop. Thus yet another lane of traffic is blocked. This leaves only two lanes for traffic. Public busses run on the eastern part of the avenue. If there is a bus stopping this causes yet another problem. This means at times there might be only one lane of traffic moving! Ironically former Mayor Bloomberg is an advocate of clean air. I am not an expert but I imagine First Avenue air is dirtier than it was without bike lanes as cars and trucks making there way up First Avenue are moving very slowly and sometimes are at a standstill for one to two changes of traffic lights. I guess this is great for the few bikers using the bike lanes, but it is miserable if you have to get to an appointment etc. What a mess.
I have the most amazing grandmother. She lives in Sarasota, Florida and is in her 102nd year! She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1915. She had three brothers and a sister. Her sister is 97, and one brother 95 survive. Another brother passed away recently at 98. My grandmother’s mother lived to be 95. My grandmother was driving a car until 100 and played golf several times a week until 94. Her mind is very sharp. She completes the New York Times crossword puzzle everyday and completes the puzzle using a pen!!! In addition she plays Bridge twice a week and Mah Jong weekly. It is a great inspiration to visit her several times a year in Sarasota. She uses a computer, but counts mostly on her memory to remember to send birthday cards not only to me and my siblings, but also many great grandchildren. And her is an amazing fact. My grandmother smoked four packs of cigarettes a day until she was 50 years old! She credits her longevity to walking 5 miles a day from the time she was 45 until 90. I guess I should start walking!?