Spring 2003, p.19

Cycling News
DOT on Bike Lane Spree!

This spring, the NYC Department of Transportation's industrious bicycle unit striped nine new bike lanes.

Five lanes make key connections in the bike network: New lanes in The Bronx connect to the Triboro and Washington Bridges. The team extended the Sunset Connector in Brooklyn one-and-a-half miles and connected the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway and Joe Michael's Mile Greenways with new lanes in Queens. Good work DOT.

Two of the new lanes are part of neighborhood traffic calming projects in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn and Whitestone, Queens. Adding a bike lane to a street makes the motor vehicle lane narrower, slowing drivers and making traffic safer. Thanks DOT.
However, two bike lanes do not yet connect to any greenways, bridges, transit stations or existing bike lanes.

The DOT's zeal for new bike lanes is impressive. T.A. hopes that it will be carried over to other important cycling objectives, such as creating secure bike parking at workplaces and improving bridge access.

New Bike Lanes in NYC

Name Location Comment
Shore Road, 1.5 miles Bklyn: 72nd St-101st St Extends Sunset Park Connector south
Colonial Road, 1.25 miles Bklyn: Oliver St-72nd St Extends Sun Pk Conn; Northbound companion to Shore Rd
Oriental Boulevard, .75 miles Bklyn: Norfolk St-West End Ave Part of traffic calming project & NYC Bike Master Plan
East 56th Street, 1.5 miles Bklyn: Farragut Road & Ave T No connection to bicycling infrastructure; Part of Bike Master Plan
St. Ann's Avenue, 1.5 miles Bronx: E 161st St-E 132nd St Connection to Triboro Bridge; Part of NYC Bike Master Plan
Univ Ave/Edward L. Grant Hwy, 1 miles Bronx: Tremont Ave-E 167th St Connection to Washington Bridge; Part of NYC Bike Master Plan
Utopia Parkway, 1 miles  Qns: Willets Point Blvd-26th Ave  Part of traffic calming project & NYC Bike Master Plan
Alley Pnd Pk-J M's Mile Connector, 2.5 miles  Qns: Alley Pond Park-J M's Mile  Part of Bklyn-Qns Greenway plan
Arlene Street, 1 miles  SI: Lamberts Ave-Signs Rd  No connection to bicycling infrastructure; Part of Bike Master Plan

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