Monday: See What’s Up With the Prospect Park West Re-Design

PPW_Bike_Lane_Image.pngThe proposed protected bike lane would calm traffic, provide a safe and convenient new link in the bike network, and make walking to Prospect Park less dangerous. Image: NYCDOT.

The last time we checked in on plans for a two-way protected bike path on Prospect Park West, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz had registered his displeasure with the idea of slowing traffic and improving safety at the expense of a few parking spaces. Next Monday, you can see where things stand at a DOT open house about the project, co-hosted by City Council members Brad Lander and Steve Levin and Community Board 6.

The basic concept that DOT rolled out last year would calm vehicle speeds and shorten crossing distances on PPW by replacing a traffic lane with the two-way bike path. By giving cyclists a safe and direct on-street option, the plan also promises to reduce bike-ped conflicts on the sidewalk next to the park.

If you’d like to see this project move forward, you can see the current re-design and talk to DOT staff at Monday’s open house.

Show up any time between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place. 

  • Larry Littlefield

    I’ll at least try to get there. This one would make a big difference to my morning commute, as I would substitute PPW and Vanderbilt for 5th Avenue.

  • pal

    this is what will happen…
    the mayor will approve of it and marty will then suddenly and miraculously change his mind and go along with it.

  • Geck

    I’ll be there. PPW desperately need this.

  • J

    Wait. Did they change the design that was approved last year?? I hope not.

  • @J,

    I don’t believe the design has changed appreciably — if anything, it probably includes better-defined pedestrian refuges and maybe some signalization for cyclists.

    Please come out Monday and support this, folks — it’s imperative that we not let it get derailed by petty politics and misguided kowtowing to speeders.

  • Erin

    I will be there too, and so will a couple more people I know. Please come if you can. This is a big missing link for the Sunset Park/Park Slope/Prospect Heights areas. 8th Ave. is too wide and fast for most cyclists to be comfortable riding, and the road within Prospect Park on the west side of the park only goes south. We need to enable cyclists to ride north without going several avenues out of their way.

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