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DOT Rolls Out Fort Greene Bike Lanes & Traffic-Calming

3:16 PM EST on November 12, 2007

Via Brownstoner, the Department of Transportation is building out a nice street redesign project in Brooklyn right now as a part of its Ft. Greene Bike Lane & Traffic Calming Project (download a project description here). Formerly a 70-foot-wide one-way street, Carlton Avenue, above, has been converted to two-way operation with five-foot bike lanes on either side. DOT is now building a 20-foot wide planted median in the middle. The Carlton Ave. improvements are similar to recent projects on Park Slope's 9th Street and Vanderbilt Ave. in Prospect Heights.

The Myrtle Avenue BID reports:

Construction has begun on Carlton Avenue (Myrtle/Park) to build araised median with trees. This bike lane and traffic calming projectaims to connect bike lanes from Northwest Brooklyn to Prospect Park andis a collaboration between the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT)and NYC Parks Department (Parks).

The DOT is constructing the medianand Parks will maintain it.The project has moved very quickly. Planning began in 2006. By early2007, the DOT made adjustments to the street configuration with paintedlines. Now that construction has begun, the raised median should becompletely installed by the end of the year. The planted median willhave a mid-block break to allow cars to make a U-turn.

In a memorable meeting last June, Brooklyn's Community Board 2 rejected DOT's "complete street" plan in a 16-15 vote. CB2 member Anthony Ibelli said the neighborhood didn't need any bike lanes because cyclists are "thugs on two wheels." Other Community Board members argued that narrowing the 70-foot-wide one-way street would create traffic back-ups and bottlenecks. 

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