In April, Brooklyn City Councilmember David Yassky wrote to DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall and asked her to make the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge safe and convenient for bicyclists and pedestrians. State Senator Martin Connor sent a similar letter in June 2002. The elected officials asked the DOT to install crosswalks, stop signs and stop bars-essentially, the agency's own permanent plan. The Manhattan side of the bridge has been much safer since the DOT implemented these safety measures in Fall of 2001.
Instead of implementing its
own plan, the DOT expects cyclists and pedestrians to use a quarter-mile long
detour that requires cyclists to dismount for a block. The vast majority of
path users ignore this detour. The DOT should follow its original plan and
install the stop signs, crosswalks and pedestrian crossing signs immediately.
The DOT's permanent plan for the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge includes signs and markings (in red) that would greatly increase safety.
Tell the DOT that it is
time for it to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and install its permanent