Brooklyn Greenway Get Ready for an Extra 14 Miles of Bike Lanes
With the arrival of the Citi Bike program in May, the New York City Department of Transportation has its sights set on giving Brooklyn cyclists more room to ride across the area. The proposed Brooklyn Greenway Project will add 14 miles of bike lanes running from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint to Sunset Park in addition to extended sections in Red Hook and the Brooklyn Navy Yard that are set to be complete in 2014 by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). The initiative, planned in collaboration with the Regional Planning Association, aims to provide a safe route for cyclists and pedestrians, visiting tourists and residents alike wishing to cross the borough and encourages green infrastructure along the Brooklyn waterfront.
When compared to 2008, last year the Commuter cycling in the New York City has increased by a whopping 58 percent. Moreover, with the advent of the Citi Bike program this spring, there would be an exponential increase in the number of New Yorkers trekking the city by bicycle.
In Red Hook, a connection is set to be counterfeit between Columbia Street and Louis Valentino Jr. Park, with added bike lanes on Van Brunt, Imlay, Conover, and Ferris Streets. TNYCDOT will begin construction on the $12.5 million project by as early as summer.
At present, five miles of the Greenway have been established through Kent Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Columbia Street and Brooklyn Bridge Park, and another lane along West Street in Greenpoint has been approved. The cost of these two projects will total $18 million dollars.
City, corporate partners and private donations had partly provided funds for the construction projects. To show your support for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, make a tax-deductible donation here.