Gridlock in Williamsburg

While we’re on the topic of Williamsburg, this lengthy piece of original reporting on NYTurf is worth a read if you didn’t catch it when it was filed a couple of weeks ago: How the City Has Left Williamsburg in a Traffic Jam

When the Department of Planning puts together projects like the Williamsburg Waterfront Redevelopment, the policy is to abdicate all responsibility for transportation to the DOT and MTA. Doctoroff and the DCP do not take a pro-active role in transportation planning as a part of these projects. Additionally, when it comes to alternative transportation, like bicycle use, the DOT and Mayor Bloomberg have stonewalled advocates. It is this abdication, indifference, and hostility that have lead to the growing transportation crisis in Williamsburg.

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The Williamsburg Bridge is a sheet of ice. #bikenyc pic.twitter.com/2hLMDYW4yM — Will Sherman (@WillSherman) December 11, 2014 Courtesy of Will Sherman, here’s what the Williamsburg Bridge bike path — one of the most important bike transportation connections in the city — looked like this morning after the season’s first snowfall. Icy and unbikeable. Sherman says […]

DOT Wipes 14 Blocks of Bike Lane Off Bedford Avenue

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Workers blast away at the Bedford Avenue bike lane. Photo: Elizabeth Press. As reported by Gothamist, DOT is removing a 14-block stretch of the Bedford Avenue bike lane between Flushing Avenue and Division Street in Hasidic Williamsburg. Workers were seen erasing the lane this morning, taking away a safer cycling connection to central Williamsburg that […]

Lentol: Safety Improvements Coming to Meeker Avenue in 2016

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DOT will present safety improvements next month for Meeker Avenue by the BQE in Williamsburg, according to Assembly Member Joe Lentol. The department told Lentol’s office it would bring a proposal to Brooklyn Community Board 1 on January 12. Meeker Avenue runs under the BQE for a mile between North 6th Street and Vandevoort Avenue, dividing […]

Safer Bowery, LES Bike Lanes Clear Manhattan CB3 Committee

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New bike routes will provide safer connections on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge, in an attempt to divert cyclists from Delancey Street. Image: NYCDOT NYCDOT unveiled a slate of pedestrian and bicycle improvements to the transportation committee of Manhattan Community Board 3 last night. Presenters asked for votes on two street safety projects: […]