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After two years of planning, it looks like the Pulaski Bridge bike lane promised for this year will be delayed until sometime next year at least, Streetsblog reported.

A year ago, the city approved DOT’s plan to convert one lane of Brooklyn-bound car traffic on the Pulaski Bridge into a bikes-only path with separate lanes for Queens- and Brooklyn-bound bikes. Construction was supposed to start in the spring and wrap late this year (at the latest). But construction has not yet begun, and the city is still reviewing the final bid from the contractor. A spokesman for Assembly member Joe Lentol, who has been lobbying for the bike path since 2012, told Streetsblog that it’s “unlikely” work will start by the end of December.

Pedestrians and cyclists currently share the narrow path, with traffic going both ways in the same lane, creating hazardous conditions for everyone. Reconfiguring the traffic lanes is also expected to calm car traffic on McGuiness Boulevard by slowing down drivers as they come off the bridge.

As soon as the contractor gets the green light from the city, the DOT will announce a new construction timetable. Incidentally, the state is contributing $2,500,000 to the project with federal funds, and the city is contributing $625,000.

Pulaski Bridge Bikeway Likely Delayed Until Next Year [Streetsblog]
City Says Yes to Pulaski Bike Lane [Brownstoner]

Photo by NYC Tom

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After a cyclist struck and killed a pedestrian in Central Park, the 78th Precinct is rolling out ways to get cyclists in Prospect Park to slow down and stop for pedestrians at lights. Park Slope Stoop attended the precinct’s local community council meeting last night, where the cops said they’re going to set up portable stop signs and pedestrian-activated signals manned by officers during the day starting Saturday, October 4.

When cyclists stop at the signs, officers will remind them to stop for pedestrians at the signals and give out a flyer noting the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit. Eventually, Captain Frank diGiacomo said, if cyclists don’t stop for pedestrians, cops will pull out their radar guns and start giving out tickets.

“A summons blitz is just going to piss off a bunch of people, so education first,” he said. “But we’ll go there if we have to.”

Prospect Park Safety in the Spotlight Again Following Deadly Crash in Central Park [Park Slope Stoop]
Photo via Park Slope Stoop

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Brooklyn’s current cycling enthusiasm is not new. Today’s bicycle riders are continuing in the grand traditions of biking from the turn of the 20th century, when this two-wheeled adventure was at a peak that has yet to be matched. The bicycle was that period’s great equalizer. There were bicycles available for sale or trade for almost every income group, and the roads belonged to all. A poor laborer could find himself waiting to cross the street with one of the richest people in town. Men and women could ride together, and for the first time in memory, a modern single woman could ride the streets by herself, unaccompanied by chaperone or male companion. This relatively simple steel framed contraption on wheels was a major catalyst for change in American society, and after the bike craze of the fin de siecle, nothing would be the same again. (more…)

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Community Board 8′s Transportation Committee voted last night to install four new bike corrals in front of bars and restaurants on Vanderbilt and Washington avenues in Prospect Heights. The corrals will bring bike parking to three bars on Vanderbilt: Bar Chuko on the corner of Pacific Street, Milk Bar at Prospect Place (pictured) and Branded at Bergen Street.

Bar Corvo is also slated for a bike corral on the corner of Washington Avenue and Lincoln Place. The whole board still has to vote before it’s a done deal, but approval is likely.

Photo via Jane Kim Design

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Biking is the Brooklyn way. It’s the fastest way to get to work if you work, say, in Dumbo and live in Fort Greene, said the New York Times. The Navy Yard is also easier to reach on a bike.

Biking can also mean lower housing costs, if you rent or buy in a transit-starved area such as Red Hook. And of course, it’s handy to meet up with friends who are not that far away as the bird flies, but would take an hour or more to reach on the bus. Do you use a bike to get around Brooklyn or are you considering it this summer? Where do you store your bike when you’re not using it?

Bikes Change the Brooklyn Apartment Hunt [NY Times]

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Get a free bike helmet today and bike around Brooklyn’s historic landmarks this weekend with Brooklyn Public Library’s Bike the Branches event. BPL is hosting a helmet fitting and giving away free helmets today at the Central Branch at 10 Grand Army Plaza from 4 to 6:30 pm.

And on Saturday, kids and adults can bike to all 60 of BPL’s neighborhood libraries and participate in various special events. African dancing and folk tales at Clarendon Library in Flatbush, puppet-making for children at the Brower Park branch in Crown Heights, and a Slavic Soul party in Sheepshead Bay are just a few on the long list of events taking place all over Brooklyn.

The library has also posted 12 themed bike routes that highlight Brooklyn’s historic places, including landmarked architecture, breweries and distilleries, literary sites, and early settlements. You can register for Saturday’s bike tour here — tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children or seniors. All the proceeds go towards maintaining and upgrading the library’s branches.

Photo by Brooklyn Public Library via Brooklyn Based

Construction on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway will continue in the fall of 2014 with a two-way bikeway along Flushing Avenue next to the Navy Yard, Streetsblog reported. NYC DOT, the Department of Design and Construction and Parsons are designing the mile-long stretch of bike and pedestrian space, which will link the Manhattan Bridge approach, Dumbo and Farragut Houses to Williamsburg Street West, Kent Avenue and Williamsburg.

The plan is to convert the existing west side bike lane into a two-way bike path with a three-foot wide planted buffer separating cyclists from traffic and a five-foot-wide planted strip between cyclists and pedestrians. Adding the bikeway will shorten pedestrian crossing distances by 20 percent, according to Streetsblog. The west side bike path will be eight feet wide, and the DOT will preserve the painted bike lane on the east side of Flushing, which is five feet wide.

Community Board 2 unanimously approved the project earlier this month, and the Public Design Commission will review the design plan next month. Construction is slated to begin next fall.

Look after the jump to see a diagram of the plans.

Here’s What’s Next for the Flushing Ave Segment of the Brooklyn Greenway [Streetsblog]
Image by NYC DOT/DDC/Parsons via Streetsblog

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Greenpoint cyclists are going to have a much easier time getting to Queens soon, thanks to  the City Planning Commission voting yes on Assemblyman Joe Lentol’s proposal to add a dedicated bike lane to the Pulaski bridge. Right now, bikes and pedestrians share an overcrowded sidewalk, above. The city plans to bring the exact design to Community Board 1 before the end of the year, and if they green-light it, construction will start in the spring, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

City Panel Green-Lights Protected Pulaski Bike Lane [Brooklyn Paper]
Pulaski Bridge Bike Lane a Qualified Yes [Brownstoner]

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State Assemblywoman Joan Millman is in the midst of brokering a deal to bring Citi Bike to an unused vacant streetside strip of tarmac in Carroll Gardens, DNAinfo reported. The empty lot at 336 Union Street runs along Smith Street and housed the outdoor Brooklyn Indie Market until 2010. Last week, the three unused kiosks left over from the market and covered in graffiti were removed, said the story. Millman reached out to the owner of the lot, who agreed to the plan, and also proposed it to Citi Bike officials. It would be unusual to locate a station on private land, but the lot appears to be the perfect size and shape for a station, and it wouldn’t take up precious on-street parking spaces. So far, Carroll Gardens doesn’t have a station. Do you think this would be a good spot for one?

Official Asks Citi Bike to Roll Out Station at Vacant Smith Street Lot [DNAinfo]
Photo by Nikhita Venugopal for DNAinfo