Cycling News: Bridges
Safe Bridges by 2006
It is imperative that the City
make major safety improvements to the East River bridge bicycling and walking
paths and the streets leading to them. Between 1995 and 2001, 51 bicyclists were
injured and 7 were killed in the immediate vicinity of the Brooklyn approaches
to the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges alone. As the number of bicyclists using
the bridges continues to skyrocket (numbers have more than doubled since 2000),
the City must act now before more blood is shed. As part of our Safe Bridges by
2006 campaign T.A. recommends that the City immediately prioritize the fixing of
potholes and other dangerous hazards on popular bike routes, as a pothole that
is a mere nuisance to a motorist can be deadly for cyclists. Transportation
Alternatives calls on the City to implement the following recommendations by
On all bridges, the City
■ Create a special DOT
program to improve bicycle access
■ Install and maintain lighting and emergency phones
■ Conduct frequent street and path inspections using bicycle inspectors
On specific East River
bridges, the city should:
■ Install a “bike box” on northbound Centre St. at Chambers St.
■ Re-mark safety symbols on bridge path.
■ Build fly-over ramp connecting bridge path to Cadman Plaza Park.
■ Install northbound colored bike lane on Jay Street.
■ Install shared lane pavement markings on Jay Street.
■ Install large, yellow, diamond-shaped bicycle warning signs on Jay Street
■ Erect bollards as a median between northbound lane of Jay Street and traffic
■ Install eastbound colored and protected bike lane on Sands Street.
■ Fill in gaps between concrete slabs on Brooklyn-side bicyclist-only path.
■ Build the planned median bikeway parallel to Queens Plaza North.
■ Remove oppressive chain-link fence.
■ Improve dangerous and confusing bridge path access maze on Manhattan side.
■ Provide eastbound access to bridge path on Manhattan side via 60th and 61st
Streets by installing a traffic signal, crosswalks and “Caution: Cyclist” signs
at motor vehicle off-ramp.
■ Replace metal expansion joint covers on Manhattan-side bridge path with safer
■ Repave rippled concrete on Brooklyn-side’s northern bridge path.
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