Building of protected bike paths on the Brooklyn Bridge begins Monday
06/17/2021, 5:49 pm
Updated on: 06/17/2021, 5:50 pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the NYC Department of Transportation will be making major improvements to the accessibility for bicycles and pedestrians at the Brooklyn Bridge starting Monday.
The project involves removing the innermost Manhattan-bound car lane on the bridge and converting it into a two-way bike path.
Motorists who typically drive onto the bridge from downtown Brooklyn are advised that they may need to change their commute route during and after construction.
Construction work will begin on Monday evening.
The Brooklyn Bridge Protected Cycle Path project was first announced in January as part of de Blasio’s State of the City address.
“Bridges for the People is a beautiful reinterpretation of New York City’s most famous bridge,” said de Blasio. “Before the Brooklyn Bridge was last rebuilt in 1950, it carried 400,000 New Yorkers a day – but the complete replacement of trolleys with car lanes cut the number of daily bridge users by more than half. With the addition of new protected bike paths on the bridge, we will finally begin to rebalance that equation and support more sustainable transportation for decades to come. “