Brooklyn Bridge Bike Lane Construction Starts June 21st


One of many Brooklyn Bridge’s automotive lanes will formally begin its transformation right into a devoted bike lane on Monday, June twenty first.

The brand new two-way protected bike path is predicted to be accomplished this fall, at which level the crowded promenade will develop into pedestrian-only. The plan was beforehand introduced by Mayor Invoice de Blasio throughout his closing State of the Metropolis handle in January.

“The Brooklyn Bridge, one of many nation’s most beloved buildings, will this 12 months have fun its 138th birthday,” Division of Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman stated in an announcement. “Over that lengthy historical past, the bridge has modified with the instances – as horse-drawn carriages have been changed with trolleys, which have been then retired with the appearance of automotive lanes.  Within the coming months, we’re going to rework this bridge all of us love as soon as once more – this time with new bicycle lanes that spend money on the bridge’s extra sustainable future.”

A person in a tie on a Citi Bike rides on the pedestrian path of the Brooklyn Bridge


A Citi Bike pedal-assist bike on on the Brooklyn Bridge by the Division of Transportation in 2018

NYC Division of Transportation

He added, “We ask New Yorkers for his or her persistence throughout development, and encourage drivers to make use of different crossings into Manhattan.  And naturally, we look ahead to the primary bike journey this fall.”

Certainly, drivers who use the Brooklyn Bridge to move into Manhattan might want to change up their routine. In accordance with the town:

  • Motorists who usually entry the Brooklyn Bridge from downtown Brooklyn are suggested that they might have to regulate their commuting patterns each throughout and after development.
  • Starting Monday night, the best flip from westbound Tillary Road onto the Brooklyn Bridge will now not be permitted. 
  • Mixed with delays anticipated for the deliberate rehabilitation within the months forward alongside the triple-cantilever part of the BQE, drivers are suggested to hunt alternate routes to Decrease Manhattan, together with utilizing the Manhattan Bridge, the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel or by choosing biking or mass transit.  

The Brooklyn Bridge is not the one bridge getting a motorcycle lane—the Queensboro Bridge can even see its north outer roadway reworked right into a two-way lane, with the south outer roadway devoted to pedestrians. That development would require a “barely longer lead time” than the Brooklyn Bridge, based on Metropolis Corridor.

Bike site visitors between Brooklyn and Manhattan has spiked within the final 12 months, with the most recent figures exhibiting a 27 % improve over pre-pandemic ridership, based on Transportation Options.

“A devoted bike lane on the Brooklyn Bridge can’t come quickly sufficient, and we’re thrilled that development is starting this month,” Danny Harris, the group’s government director, stated in an announcement. “We are going to proceed to work with the de Blasio administration and the subsequent occupant of Metropolis Corridor to enhance infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians on bridges throughout the 5 boroughs.”

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De Blasio had promised to construct 30 miles of protected bike lanes in 2021; the Brooklyn Bridge is simply over one mile lengthy.

One other enjoyable reality: Town says that is the “first main reconfiguration of the landmarked bridge since 1950, when trolley tracks have been completely eliminated.” Here is what the trolley automobiles seemed like, amid the automobiles (tbh, it appears a bit terrifying):