Cyclists riding across the Manhattan Bridge have had about a month to try out the new Sands Street bike path, and based on the reviews so far, two major kinks are marring an otherwise sterling project. First, motorists, especially delivery vehicles, can’t resist using the mountable section from Navy to Gold as a double-parking zone. And second, the two-phase crossing from the Sands Street path to the Manhattan Bridge path encourages cyclists to make some risky diagonal movements.
A well-placed source tells us that DOT is working with the post office and delivery companies to keep the mountable bike lane clear, and that the agency is considering the addition of a
direct crosswalk between the Sands Street path and the entrance to the
Manhattan Bridge path.
"We are working on ways to properly guide cyclists safely from the end of the Sands Street path to the start of the Manhattan Bridge path," a DOT spokesperson said when we asked for confirmation.
The project isn’t finished yet, so it’s still in the adjustment period. But without any bollards from Navy to Gold, it’s going to take constant enforcement to keep that block clear for cyclists. As Gothamist noted last week, it’s a very short trip from the bike path to the Brooklyn tow pound.