The bike lanes along the Roosevelt Island Bridge are just not cutting it for Queens cyclists, reports DNAinfo. The lanes, which are essentially metal grates, are slippery, filled with gravel and debris and leave riders worrying that they will fall into traffic. According to DNAinfo, “There was so much gravel in the bridge’s bike lane last week that [one rider] resorted to riding in the heavily trafficked automobile lane.” The Department of Transportation claims that the bridge is regularly cleaned.

Bike New York plans to take these concerns to Community Board 8 next week in an effort to find solutions. And while a DOT spokesperson said they have not received any recent complaints about the conditions of the bike lanes, they plan to send someone to inspect the safety and maintenance of the lanes.

Roosevelt Island Bridge Bike Lane Too Dangerous to Use, Cyclists Say [DNAinfo]

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Roosevelt Island is technically part of Manhattan, although it is definitely “its own thing.” Tangibly, the island is connected by the famous Roosevelt Island tram on the western or city-facing side. All vehicles, including Emergency Services like the Fire Department, will find that the only game in town for getting onto the island is by going through Queens.

By the standards of East River Bridges, she’s a twerp. The tiny span is more than a bit overshadowed by it’s spectacular neighbors (Queensboro, Triborough, and Hellgate are nearby) and sits half hidden behind a power plant in Ravenswood. She’s the Roosevelt Island Bridge.


The Roosevelt Island Bridge is a tower drive, vertical lift, movable bridge across the East Channel of the East River between the borough of Queens and Roosevelt Island, New York City. The span length is 418 feet.