Both Kingston and Brooklyn avenues are optimal thruways for bike lane implementation. They meet up with east-west bike lanes at multiple junctions and are in an area with a significant number of riders who commute to work via bike. So why have the DOT’s proposals for bike lanes on the stretch been rejected by three separate community boards?
Streetsblog has drawn the conclusion that the DOT is bad at communicating with community boards — and also that community boards are often nearsightedly hostile towards street safety projects.
According to Streetsblog, the DOT’s first mistake in proposing bike lanes for the mile-and-a-half stretch was offering three different designs to CB3 (Bed Stuy), CB8 (Crown Heights), and CB9 (south of Eastern Parkway). A cohesive proposal made to each board individually would have likely garnered a more positive result.
DOT’s Fear of Community Boards Leads to Bike Lane Gaps in Brooklyn [Streetsblog]
Top image by DOT; last by Google Maps
Above, Kingston Avenue and Pacific, looking toward Atlantic, site of one of the proposed bike lanes