Back in February, I noted the 52nd Street (and 46th Street) bike lanes. After finally riding down the lane yesterday, I will give it a partial thumbs-up. Having ridden down 52nd Street before the lane was created, I certainly did feel safer with the lane than without it. My largest complaint comes with the west-bound lane at the S-curve that suddenly ends without any signs or other indicators. I did not ride the lane all of the way to Keystone, so I’m not sure of how it ends towards that massive car-based avenue. All-in-all, though, the lane is a nice gesture, and a good use of the street. I just hope they can deal with the problem at the S-curve.
I haven’t heard any updates of the proposed bike lanes on Michigan and New York Streets. If you’re familiar with any progress there, please mention it in the comments.