Eyes on the Street: Sands Street Bike Path Almost Rideable

sands_street01.jpgSoon, you won’t have to ride in car traffic on the Sands Street approach to the Manhattan Bridge.

The long-awaited Sands Street bike path, a protected approach to the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge which took a few years longer than expected to go through New York City’s construction bureaucracy, looks tantalizingly close to completion these days. It’s not there yet, but you can start to picture how this critical addition to the city’s bike network will appear when finished. The Department of Design and Construction tells us the whole thing should be paved by the end of the week, weather permitting, and the path should officially open to cyclists next week, after some fencing is added.

Above is the view looking toward the bridge entrance from the north side. Here’s how it looked last September:

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More pics after the jump.

sands_street02.jpgHere’s the view looking in the opposite direction — toward the BQE overpass — from the same spot. Fencing will be added along the concrete barrier.

sands_street3.jpgThe view from Gold Street looking toward the bridge. The path will carry two-way bike traffic from here to the bridge.

sands_street5.jpgBetween Gold Street and Navy Street, the path runs between Farragut Houses along both sides of a center median. The surface for bikes is raised above the surface for autos. To allow for free pedestrian movement across the street, there is no concrete barrier.
  • v

    I cannot wait. Thank you DOT!

  • It is a truly bitchin’ design, a great use of the massive paved space along Sands, and I cannot wait to alter my riding habits to make use of this.

    May they lay a screenline down along it, so that I may vote with my wheels.

  • Glad this is finally (almost) done. It took a few bad injuries, but it seems like the city took the suggestions of riders and came up with a good solution. They’re working on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn bridge, now let’s find a solution for the Manhattan approach to the Williamsburg bridge.

  • sam gardner

    Finally part of the link Prospect Park-Manhattan will be restored. Today they were starting to put the tar.

    However, the bridge over Atlantic Yards on Carlton Avenue is still gone, and the works on Atlantic Yards have stopped. It was a nice save bike lane to Sands Street.

  • Streetsman

    Fantastic. They should call this bike path “Budnick Way” since Sands Street nearly killed him and the resulting advocacy helped create this. Glad it didn’t end up being the Noah Budnick Memorial Bike Path.

  • Sam

    It was fully rideable today: tar is on, only the markings are missing, The Budnick way is a fact

  • michael

    Looks promising! Have they finished paving Navy St too? I’d much rather use Navy/Ashland (I’m in Park Slope) to get to the Manhattan than Jay Street, but the pavement down there has been almost unrideable for months.

  • When’s the last time you were on Navy St? A couple weeks ago it was quite well paved. So unless they tore it up since then, it should be fine.

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