Eyes on the Street: Bronx River Greenway Access Streets Get Upgrades

The new two-way protected bikeway has been installed on Bruckner Boulevard ends after a block, yielding to shared lane and sidewalk markings.

The Bronx River Greenway has given many South Bronx residents a place to feel comfortable biking, but the streets nearby are often filled with speeding drivers navigating sometimes-confusing intersections. A project adding bike lanes, curb extensions, and lane striping aimed to fix that — and since the end of the summer residents have seen some of the results. An anonymous reader who lives in Soundview and commutes by bike through the area sent in some photos showing the changes.

Some of the biggest changes have come to the intersection of Whitlock and Westchester Avenues, busy with pedestrians accessing Concrete Plant Park and the 6 train. Among those changes are painted curb extensions, which do not have flex-post bollards and “are almost always completely ignored by drivers,” our reader said in an e-mail. Streetsblog has asked DOT if the agency will be installing barriers to keep cars out of the pedestrian space.

Without bollards or barriers, some drivers ignore the newly-painted curb extensions at the intersection of Westchester and Whitlock Avenues.

Beneath the elevated train on Westchester Avenue, drivers and cyclists had previously maneuvered with few lane markings. Now, the lanes are striped, including bike lanes and shared lane icons.

The plan also included shared lane markings on Edgewater Road and expanded pedestrian space at the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Bronx River Avenue.

New road markings provide guidance to drivers and cyclists on Westchester Avenue.

On Bruckner Boulevard, a two-way barrier-protected bikeway has been installed for the block between Bryant and Longfellow Avenues, connecting the southern end of Concrete Plant Park to north-south bike lanes on Bryant and Longfellow Avenues. The one-block protected bike lane does not extend west to Monsignor Del Valle Square and the bike route on Southern Boulevard.

  • I cross the Bronx River on the Westchester Ave bridge every afternoon, and these new painted lines are extremely confusing.

    The worst part is a double-yellow line on the northern (westbound) side, that I imagine is supposed to help southbound riders who are turning left off the Sheridan service Road. But it puts westbound bicycles on the left side of a double yellow line, which is extremely confusing and something that I can’t imagine is in any traffic manuals.

  • Bronxite

    I would have liked to see the 2-way concrete barrier protected bicycle lane extended south along Bruckner Blvd to Hunts Point Avenue at the minimum.

  • Bronxite

    The DOT has added flex-post bollards to the curb extensions at Westchester Ave at the Sheridan Expressway. Rode the route Wednesday.

    Btw, E 138th Street has also gotten new bicycle lanes and curb extensions. Haven’t read about it on here.

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