Plaza Street May Get Bike Lane After All


A two-way protected bike lane may soon come to Plaza Street, a street improvement previously shelved by DOT after the intense debate involving the installation of the Prospect Park West bike lane. The bike lane was included in initial plans to improve Grand Army Plaza, a project that wrapped last November. As Streetsblog puts it: “The big difference between last year’s DOT plan and this year’s is that the two-way, protected bike lane on Plaza Street has been set aside until an unspecified date in the future. Plaza Street encircles most of GAP, and a two-way path would create a safe hub for cyclists to take the most convenient routes to and through the space. But after last year’s CB votes, some Plaza Street residents contacted the city saying the parking-protected bikeway would cause traffic back-ups, even though Plaza Street receives little traffic and is already just one lane wide.” DOT told Community Board 8 that “it would have taken too long to do outreach” to get the bike lane approved within the project timeline. Well, later this month DOT returns to CB6 and CB8 with a bike lane proposal. According to the CB6 calendar, a “Joint presentation to and review by the Transportation Committees of Brooklyn Community Boards 6 and 8 on a proposal by the Department of Transportation to install a two-way bicycle lane on Plaza Street at the Grand Army Plaza” is scheduled for April 19th. DOT has been working with residents since the GAP reno and will present options to the community regarding the bike lane at this meeting.
GAP Redesign Celebrated but Plaza Street Bike Lane Shelved [Brownstoner]

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  • To Chuck: Urgent, call home.

  • This is great news. I ride from GAP and try to connect with Vanderbilt on my morning commute from Ditmas and Plaza Street is a nightmare. Cars are always parked in the bike lane and even when it’s clear other cars speed around cars so fast I fear for my life. We need more protection for cyclists over here and Plaza Street is so wide that there’s plenty of room for cars. Putting in a bike lane won’t do much to slow down cars but it will do a lot to make it safer on my commute to work and for lots of other people who rely on bikes to get around…why should Prospect Park West be the only place around here with a protected bike lane?!?!?

  • This is great news. I ride from GAP and try to connect with Vanderbilt on my morning commute from Ditmas and Plaza Street is a nightmare. Cars are always parked in the bike lane and even when it’s clear other cars speed around cars so fast I fear for my life. We need more protection for cyclists over here and Plaza Street is so wide that there’s plenty of room for cars. Putting in a bike lane won’t do much to slow down cars but it will do a lot to make it safer on my commute to work and for lots of other people who rely on bikes to get around…why should Prospect Park West be the only place around here with a protected bike lane?!?!?

  • Actually, just look at that picture. Plaza Street is one lane, but you can see how much space there is between the parked cars and the SUV in the front next to the bike lane. Plenty of room to make everyone safe without slowing down drivers very much.

  • If you ever see the amount of double parking by delivery and service vehicles that occurs on that block, you begin to realize that there isn’t that much room. With kamikazes like drivers and wrong way bike riders the accident potential is great. However, narrowing the lanes on that street will cause long traffic back-ups. The people that live there will have a perpetual line of idling vehicles in front of their doors.

    • That’s exactly what NBBL predicted on PPW and it didn’t happen. Plaza street has the width of a two-lane road – more than enough room for drivers to get by trucks. Plus there are lots of hydrants on Plaza St, allowing plenty of room for quick drop-offs.

      If there are kamikaze drivers, that’s all the more reason why a safe bike lane is needed.

  • Did anyone see the picture of Schumer when he was caught riding in the PPW lane?