Lentol: DOT Will Finalize Design for Pulaski Protected Bike Lane This Year

DOT is drawing up plans for a dedicated bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge, according to the office of Assembly Member Joe Lentol, and should have a final design ready before the end of the year

The current layout of this Queens-Brooklyn link squeezes pedestrians and cyclists onto a narrow shared path, while motorists speed along on six lanes for auto traffic. A year ago, Lentol asked DOT to consider adding a two-way protected bike lane, and has since worked with Transportation Alternatives staff and volunteers to build support for the project. After the proposal cleared a traffic analysis, DOT conducted an engineering study, presumably focusing on how to protect cyclists from car traffic and make it safe to bike across the bridge’s wide expansion joints.

Today Lentol announced the final design will be presented to Community Board 1 in Brooklyn and CB 2 in Queens before the year is out. “The bike lane construction slated to begin in late spring or early summer of 2014 will allow for cyclists and pedestrians to be enjoying a safer journey over the bridge sooner rather than later,” Lentol said in a press release.

“We have been working on obtaining a dedicated bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge for over a year now and I am happy to say it is finally coming to fruition,” Assemblyman Lentol added. “The safety of bike riders and pedestrians on the bridge has always been of my utmost concern.”

“I applaud Commissioner Sadik-Khan for her vision in creating a more pedestrian and cyclist friendly transportation infrastructure for New York City,” Lentol concluded.

We’ve asked DOT to confirm the project timeline, and will update here when we hear back.

  • Sheryl Yvette

    this is such wonderful news!!

  • Great! Do it before Mayor de Blasio asks “the jury” for a second opinion

  • Steve O’Neill

    “Each street improvement shall be granted the right to be tried by a jury of its taxi lobbyists.”

  • JK

    Trans Alt and StreetsPAC should use this Joe Lentol campaign as an example for the state electeds with NYC districts. When a state senator asks, what should I be doing for my district? Here you go. Unless they are in leadership, the state electeds have a lot of time on their hands. They should be like Joe Lentol.

  • Gloria

    Thank God. I will finally get my safe stroll across the bridge back. It used to be a Sunday tradition for my family, but it became too dangerous for us. Thank you, Joe Lentol.

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