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Williamsburg Bridge

NYC Department of Transportation opened the Williamsburg Bridge's new bicycle and pedestrian path on December 12, 2002. The path connects the Lower East Side of Manhattan with Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The path is fully ramped on both sides of the bridge.

The new path is a vast improvement over the old. Ramps have replaced the 83 stairs on the Manhattan side of the path that were major barriers to would-be cyclists who could not carry their bicycles. The path is wider, with wider turn areas and more lights. On the Manhattan side the path is 18 feet wide. When it reaches the bridge's main span, it splits into twin paths. The north path is 12 feet shared bicycle-pedestrian path, and the south path is an 8 feet pedestrian path. There is a mid-span crossing that links the two pathways, and there are two access points in Brooklyn (see maps below).

When the new path was first completed, 26 dangerous expansion joints on the Manhattan side of the bridge made for a dangerous and bumpy ride for the 3,000 path users who crossed the bridge every day. T.A.’s three year campaign to replace these “bumps” finally succeeded in the fall of 2005, when a law suit forced DOT to remove these bumps to improve accessibility for disabled people and safety for all path users.

***The South pedestrian path is currently closed while the towers undergo renovation. There is no indication as to when both paths will finally be open to users.***

Williamsburg Bridge by the Numbers:
Length: 7,308 feet
Design: Suspension Bridge built in 1903
Engineer: Leffert L. Buck
Manhattan Entrance: Median of Delancey Street at Clinton Street
Brooklyn Entrance: There are two entrances in Brooklyn:

  1. Corner of South 5th Street & South 5th Place (South 5th Place is between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street).
  2. Bedford Avenue between South 5th and South 6th Streets.

For maps of the approaches, see New Bike/Ped Path Opens on the Williamsburg Bridge, December 16, 2002 and the Department of City Planning's Williamsburg Bridge page.

T.A. Studies/Reports on the Williamsburg Bridge:

A Bridge to Scar: Bumps on Williamsburg Bridge Biking and Walking Path Cause One in Four People to Crash & Must Be Removed, January 17, 2005

Press Release | Full Report

T.A. Magazine Articles on the Williamsburg bridge:

T.A. Quotes in the Media on the Williamsburg Bridge:

T.A. Press Releases on the Williamsburg Bridge:

See also the T.A. Williamsburg Bridge demo on January 28, 1999.

For further info: visit NYC Department of Transportation, or call 212-442-7033.