Eyes on the Street: Road Collapse Closes Tillary Street Protected Bike Lane

The two-way protected bike lane on Tillary Street in Downtown Brooklyn is blocked. Photo: Trammell Hudson on ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/osr/8475068815/in/photostream/##Flickr##

Tillary Street between Adams Street and Cadman Plaza East is a critical connection for cyclists from Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Red Hook to the Brooklyn Bridge, with a protected bike lane separating them from drivers on the extra-wide street.

While the two-way lane has long been a favorite of illegal parkers, for the past week or two it’s been blocked by construction barriers, according to reader Trammell Hudson, who sent in this photo. As a result, cyclists are shunted into a lane of general traffic, and the sudden closure forces some cyclists to ride against traffic approaching the dangerous intersection with Adams Street.

A section of the street collapsed in recent weeks, and while DOT has done some work on the site, more work is needed, according to Gene Corcoran of the U.S. District Court, which is located on this block of Tillary Street. Streetsblog has an inquiry in with DOT to learn more. We’ll let you know if we hear anything.

Update: According to DOT, as of this morning there’s now a bike detour here that separates cyclists from car traffic. The detour will be in effect until DOT and DEP fix the depression in the road.

  • Eric McClure

    Probably from the weight of all the illegally parked cars.

  • Clarke

    This is not an option when doing construction. Cars can find alternate safe routes, cyclists often cannot. “Bike line closed ahead” signs should not be legal. Either offer an alternate, equally protected route (here, another set of jersey barriers in the lane over, narrow enough to the construction ones so cars cannot fit along with cones guiding cars to merge before this block). 

  • Gary Reilly


    Road collapse typically related to underlying utilities – most often sinkholes caused by leaking water or sewer pipes.

  • Guest

    If Tillary Street, a critical link for drivers, collapsed, I wonder how long it would take for DOT to fix it.

  • I wonder how heavy a jersey barrier is.  Or, how many cyclists does it take to move a jersey barrier 12 feet…

  • Hudson

    The detour was in place when I rode home this evening: http://www.flickr.com/photos/osr/8476469329/in/photostream

    Thanks for contacting the DOT about it!

  • But where are the news vans parking now, they can not even access the sidewalk to park on it? How can New York go on without Important News Reporting that requires huge vans to park wherever they please?


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