DOT: Sands Street Bike Path Not Quite Finished

sands_street_map.jpgThe Sands Street path runs from Navy Street to the foot of the Manhattan Bridge at Jay Street.

This afternoon the DOT press office emailed a brief reply to our query about potential safety enhancements to the recently opened Sands Street bike path. They say some details of the path, which is rideable for cyclists, are in progress:

This project is still ongoing. As we continue to implement the improvements, we will be certain to make any adjustments necessary to facilitate bikers getting to and from the bridge.

The question we sent was specifically about the traffic signal at Jay and Sands, and whether an exclusive phase for cyclists might be added. Seems like they’re still evaluating the options.

  • Car Free Nation

    For me the problem is how to get from north of Flatbush to south of Flatbush. The bike lanes seem to stop.

  • Brooklyn

    I rode the path for the first time yesterday, switching out my MetroTech / Park Slope commute for a Fort Greene / Prospect Heights ride to Grand Army Plaza. I was surprised that there was only .1 mi increase, since on the map it looks more circuitous.

    A more pleasant that’s for sure, since Navy Street to Ashland Place replaces the most chaotic part of my ride, which is Jay Street and MetroTech. Navy Street through the projects also has zero traffic lights, but the way it S curved seems to keep speed down. Hanson Place to Fulton is no fun — I can now properly hate the Atlantic Center; today I’ll try Lafayette.

    I think I counted more cyclists in this direction than I typically see MetroTech to Park Slope. A diagonal signal at the bridge exit is essential — I took the cut myself, using a gap in traffic.

  • Brooklyn, I like R on Navy St, L on Flushing Ave, R on Adelphi, L on Fulton R on Vanderbilt to GAP, personally.

  • Lafayette’s not so hot either. If you’re trying to get east from Ashland, try Myrtle to Washington Park (not Washington Ave) to Willoughby.

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