The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) announced the completion of Greenpoint Avenue Bridge bike lane. This project and the ongoing redesign of Greenpoint Avenue provide a vital bike network connection between Brooklyn and Queens and spans over 1.5 miles.
“I am excited to see cyclists riding in the new protected bike lane on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “This critical piece of the bike network will now provide a safe connection between Brooklyn and Queens for hundreds of cyclists getting to work, or just enjoying a ride around town.”
DOT first discussed this project with the local communities back in March 2011 to gather concerns and comments. DOT presented before Queens Community Board 2 and Brooklyn Community Board 1 earlier this year, and both Community Boards voted in support of the project. For the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge, the DOT implemented 6 feet wide bike lanes, with a 4 feet protected buffer lane for the majority of the span, in both directions. There are now two Queens-bound travel lanes and one Brooklyn-bound travel lane.
The project also includes a roadway redesign for Greenpoint Avenue, which adds a curbside buffered bike lanes at some locations on Greenpoint Avenue, removes underutilized parking lanes, and adds a westbound travel lane. At the McGuiness Boulevard intersection, DOT added an additional travel lane on Greenpoint Avenue, approaching McGuiness Boulevard and implemented a protected westbound left turn phase for vehicles. This part of the project will be completed by mid-July, weather permitting.
The bridge portion of the project began in late May and was completed in late June. Approximately 600 cyclists will utilize this route daily.