Subway Bike Parking Boost
Although New York City Transit rejected Transportation Alternatives' proposal for bicycle parking within the Bedford Avenue L train station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it has agreed to work with T.A. and the Department of Transportation to install on-street racks. The goal of the joint venture is to satisfy the high demand for bike parking at the Bedford stop.
The DOT has already responded to this need by installing two CityRacks on the sidewalk near the subway station entrance. This has eased the bike overload but more racks are needed and there is simply not enough space on the current sidewalk. A good parking solution is a sidewalk extension with ribbon racks under a bus shelter-type cover, like a design proposed in the Department of City Planning's May bike parking study. Though not as secure as in-station parking, it would still be a big improvement over the current jumble of bikes locked to railings and dumpsters. The innovative parking would also serve as a pilot project, setting the stage for similar bicycle parking at other major bike-to-subway stations all over the City.
Applaud the DOT's and NYC Transit's support for innovative bike parking in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.