3.2 miles of protected bike lanes accomplished in Brooklyn, name for extra

The protected bike path along Flatbush Ave at the park is officially open. Liena Zagare / Bklyner

Today, local politicians, advocates, and transportation planners celebrated the completion of two new protected bike lanes by the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) – one along Flatbush Avenue from Grand Army Plaza to Empire Boulevard and the completion of 4th Avenue from 1st Street to Flatbush Avenue who completed the three year project to add 8 miles of PBLs along 4th Avenue from 65th Street at Bay Ridge to the Barclays Center.

The additional 3.2 miles of Protected Bike Lanes (PBL) brings the total number of new bike lanes in Brooklyn (as of 2016) to 106 miles.

The protected bike path on Flatbush Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard is OPEN. This is a great and long-awaited win for #bikenyc Justice and Safety, and I am so proud to have worked with our cycling advocate community to make it a reality. pic.twitter.com/G3YIol46Ms

– Eric Adams (@BKBoroHall) November 5, 2020

“Brooklyn is getting a real improvement today as cyclists from Sunset Park and Flatbush now have the easier and safer bike access they deserve to take them to downtown Brooklyn and the East River crossings into Manhattan,” the said New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “As a regular driver, I can say that the trains are already buzzing as if they were always there.”

The new normal in Park Slope / Prospect Heights. Liena Zagare / Bklyner

As people across the city turn to scooters, bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades to get around the pandemic-stricken city, the city is slowly giving way.

A rider on Flatbush Ave. Liena Zagare / Bklyner

There is currently a call for proposals to pilot an e-scooter share in NYC outside of Manhattan and in areas underserved by the Citi Bike bike sharing program.

Cycling also makes the city more beautiful:

As part of the #DOTArt # BarrierBeautification initiative, the artist @zfstasi painted over 1,000 meter long Jersey barriers along the # BikeNYC lane on Shore Pkwy between Bay Pkwy and W 22nd St in #Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/eBJwuqLd1m

– NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 4, 2020

The government announced its Green Wave plan last July, pledging Brooklyn would get at least 10 miles of protected bike lanes after the fatal year 2019 when 17 neighbors were killed while cycling. Unfortunately this year another 20 cyclists, if not more, have died across the city so far.

Streetsblog spoke to NYPD Transport’s new chief Kim Royster and is encouraged by what they heard. Royster and her husband are both aware of the unnecessary dangers pedestrians and cyclists face on a daily basis.

We spoke to the new @NYPDTransport Chief Kim Royster and found her attitude refreshing. Does @NYC_DOT finally have a Vision Zero partner? https://t.co/SjuLeBdckk

– Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) November 5, 2020

DOT is also planning the next phase of the Citibike expansion, which will include new bike stations in Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace and in the immediate vicinity of the park and Parade Ground. She received over 800 suggestions for individual locations.

With the new bike path, it’s time.

Ready to ship, parked along Flatbush Ave. Liena Zagare / Bklyner

Senator Zellnor Myrie praised the DOT’s efforts at a time “when people are looking for alternatives to public transport and when delivery people are even more important,” and said it was “imperative that the DOT continue to do more to help them.” Realizing Vision Zero and fulfilling its commitment will keep New Yorkers safe on our streets. “

MTA was hoping that DOT would set up dedicated bus lanes along Flatbush Avenue in Flatbush earlier this year; however, that did not materialize.

The scooters are everywhere and popular with all ages. Liena Zagare / Bklyner

Rep. Jo Anne Simon, who announced her candidacy for president of the Brooklyn Borough earlier this fall, said: “There is security in numbers and infrastructure, and I hope that with each new protected bike path, more and more New Yorkers are comfortable feel when they come out ”. on their wheels. “

Park Slope Councilor Brad Lander reiterated: “As New Yorkers turn to cycling as their primary mode of transport during the pandemic, we need more infrastructure like this to keep people safe and get around the city.”

Proponents predict an increase in cycling the more PBL there are.

End of Flatbush Avenue protected bike path. Liena Zagare / Bklyner

“Fourth Avenue is a turning point for much of Brooklyn,” said Jon Orcutt, advocacy director of Bike New York. “As soon as it is connected to the promenade and the bridges, we expect very heavy use there all year round. Flatbush Lane complements the growing protected network around Prospect Park with excellent connections to Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park West, 9th Street and the park drives themselves. “

Brave the intersection of Flatbush Ave and Empire Boulevard. Liena Zagare / Bklyner

“We’re excited to complete the protected bike lanes on Flatbush and Fourth Avenues, two of the busiest and most dangerous corridors in Brooklyn,” said Danny Harris, executive director of Transportation Alternatives. “Roads with protected cycle paths are safer for all users, so we commend the Department of Transport for making these roads a priority as cycling is on the rise.”

Right after the Flatbush Cycle Path stop, cycling is a completely different matter. Liena Zagare / Bklyner

“It is an important advance in bicycle justice and hopefully a precursor to expanding protected lanes far east and south of Prospect Park,” said Eric McClure, executive director of StreetsPAC. “We thank Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Trottenberg and the New York Department of Transportation team for refusing to allow the pandemic to hold up these important projects.”

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