Tonight: Important Meeting on Flushing Ave Ped-Bike Safety Project

Flushing_bikeway.jpgThe two-way bike path concept for Flushing Avenue. Image: NYCDOT

Brooklyn Community Board 2, NYCDOT, and City Council members Steve Levin and Letitia James are putting on a public meeting tonight to get feedback on the two-way protected bike path with planted pedestrian medians proposed for Brooklyn’s Flushing Avenue. The project is part of the footprint of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and would form an important connection to three East River bridges and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

A source tells us that supporters of safer biking and walking should come ready to respectfully make their case and to keep an open mind about how to tailor the project to address local concerns. (I don’t have specifics yet on what those concerns might be.) If you live close to Flushing, your voice will carry a lot of weight. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. Here’s where to go:

Navy Yard Houses – Community Room
45 N. Elliott Pl. (bet. Park & Flushing Aves.)

  • Thinking about existing, ongoing, and proposed developments along this route and Brooklyn Waterfront into Long Island City and Queens has all the visionary makings of a true East Coast Sunset Strip replete with film industry studios including Steinway, Broadway, Silvercup, Hellgate and Kaufman in Astoria; and quite exciting.

  • mfs

    Too late for those going, but my guess is that rational concerns might involve the rerouting of the bus lines on Flushing, truck loading needs along the route, and making sure bikes yield at the pedestrian crossings.

  • I don’t think bike lanes are going to bring in movie studios.

  • #3 Alon Levy, “I don’t think bike lanes are going to bring in movie studios.”

    Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where they filmed Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Sex and The City 2 among many other large Class A feature films recently put in a lot of bike racks to accommodate the people that work there.

  • Preexisting studios providing bike racks is completely different from new studios relocating because they like the bike lanes.

  • J

    Anyone go to the meeting? If so, how did it go?

  • Most of the people who showed up were opposed to the one-way directional change. Some cyclists spoke in favor of the proposal. It was a charged atmosphere and some accusations lobbed against the DOT planners were way over the top. In the end, few people at the meeting oppose the bikeway if two-way flow can be maintained. But is it possible to have a good, protected greenway and still somehow keep two-way traffic? I’ll have a report later today.

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