Wider Sidewalks & a Bicycle Park-and-Ride for Williamsburg

Streetsblog has gotten a hold of a draft of DOT’s plan to widen the sidewalk and install new bike racks at the Bedford Avenue L subway station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As diagrammed above, the plan calls for the elimination of five motor vehicle parking spaces on N. 7th Street at Bedford Avenue, alongside the subway station stairwell on the southeast corner (see the corner at the bottom of the diagram).

bike_stealing.jpgThe Bedford Avenue L is a popular park-and-ride spot for area bicycle commuters. With the bike racks on N. 7th between Bedford and Driggs often overloaded, it is common to see clumps of bicycles locked to street signs, subway railings and just about anything else.

Unfortunately, prior to this development, every so often park-and-ride cyclists would return home from work to find that their bikes were gone. As the New York Times reported last November, the bicycle thief was not who you’d think:

On Wednesday, 28-year-old graphic designer Miao Wang rode her
bicycle 12 blocks from her apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to the
Bedford Avenue L subway station. She locked up, boarded her train and
went to work. That evening, she emerged from subway to find that her
black Diamondback bicycle was gone. Ms. Wang’s
bicycle was one of nine confiscated in the latest police sweep of bikes
locked to railings, street signs and parking meters around the subway
station.

DOT will be issuing a press release shortly and we’ll have more information on this promising and, I believe, unprecedented development. Does anyone know of any other cases in New York City in which on-street car parking was removed and replaced with bicycle parking? 

Photo: Untitledname on Flickr

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