10/30/13 10:30am

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


10/29/13 9:00am


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]

09/17/13 10:00am


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

09/04/13 4:00pm

BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins today unveiled a new mural and a bike park at 31 Lafayette Avenue, next to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. The mural was designed by Brooklyn artist KAWS; the bike rack, which spells out the words ”Bold winK” in front of the mural, is the work of David Byrne, formerly of the Talking Heads. Fiedler Marciano Architecture designed the 20-foot-wide-by-24-foot-high temporary wall, which will feature installations by various local artists after KAWS. GMAP

08/02/13 4:00pm

The Brooklyn Community Foundation is hosting Wheels of Change, a forum to discuss cycling’s impact across Brooklyn. Representatives from Transportation Alternatives, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, and Citi Bike will discuss the bike share program, new infrastructure projects, and the challenges facing bicycle advocacy. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Register here!

07/08/13 4:00pm

Coming up this month: the 5th Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride, a 40-mile bike ride from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach. The ride showcases the potential of a fully completed greenway along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts, which is slowly coming into form. The route will be marked, allowing riders to travel in a group that moves at their own pace. This year’s route has been slightly altered due to Hurricane Sandy, but bikers will still travel through the neighborhoods that have been rebuilding since. At the very end there’s an after party at Rockaway Beach with live music and food from the newly re-opened Rockaway food vendors. The epic ride is scheduled for Saturday, July 27th but registration closes on Wednesday, July 17th. General admission is $35 and teams of four pay $120 — proceeds benefit the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Check out details and register for the event here.
Photo by liangkai

07/01/13 9:00am

The number of tickets given out to cyclists has jumped dramatically in Brooklyn since the Citi Bike share program started on May 27, The New York Daily News reported. In the four precincts with stations, as well as three nearby precincts, tickets went from 282 during the same period the year before to 510 — an increase of 81 percent. “Tickets are usually handed out for running red lights, riding in the wrong direction or being on the sidewalk and wind up in the range of $25 to $190,” said the story. Police often ticket riders going the wrong on South 5th Street near Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, according to a worker at the nearby Landmark Bicycles shop.
Tickets for Bike Riders up 7% in Manhattan, 81% in Brooklyn: NYPD [NY Daily News]

06/18/13 9:45am

citi-bike-061813Greenpoint may get bike share stations sooner than anticipated. The City is considering accelerating its rollout of Citi Bike to Greenpoint and other areas that will lose G train service due to repairs starting in July, The New York Daily News reported. “It’s an active discussion,” said an anonymous source. “We recognize the G train serves an area without other subway options.” There will also be free shuttle buses.

06/07/13 11:15am

The National concert, held this Wednesday night at the Barclays Center, was a big night for biking. The National rode to the concert on bicycles and then met up with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to promote the Barclays Center’s new bike valet service, as well as the Citi Bike launch. Over 100 bikers took advantage of the valet service on Wednesday night, and you can see the pictures right here.