Downtown Brooklyn’s Burgeoning Bicycle Network
Thanks to the City DOT's planned bike lanes and signed routes in Downtown Brooklyn, the area will soon have New York City’s most connected neighborhood bicycle network. The City plans to add seven bike lanes in Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn and Park Slope in June. These new lanes will be a boon to bicyclists because they will connect with each other, existing lanes and the Manhattan Bridge path. Congratulations to the City DOT for creating this great bike network.
New Bike Lanes
The DOT will also add signed bike routes (no on-street markings) to DeKalb Avenue, westbound from Hall to Cumberland Streets and Smith Street, northbound from Bergen to Fulton Streets. On these streets, and on Jay Street (see page 5) the agency should install shared lane pavement markings. This marking features a standard six-foot high bicycle symbol, but without bike lane stripes. The symbols make motorists more aware of cyclists and are an easy way to connect bike lanes and paths. The DOT should also install directional signs to connect the new and existing lanes, particularly between the Bergen and Clinton Streets bike lanes and the Henry and Dean Streets lanes.
The Myrtle and Third Avenue, and Sands and Jay Street lanes are one-way bike lanes on two-way streets, and the DOT should install directional arrows in them. Bicycling against traffic is illegal and dangerous; head-on collisions are more likely to result in serious injury or death. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists do not expect wrong-way traffic.
Write to the DOT and ask the
agency to stripe the 8th Avenue bike lane.
The DOT's new bike lanes (red) connect to existing paths and lanes (black).