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Eyes on the Street: Bronx River Greenway Access Streets Get Upgrades

2:16 PM EDT on November 1, 2013

A new two-way protected bikeway has been installed on Bruckner Boulevard, but it ends after only a block, yielding to shared lane and sidewalk markings.

The Bronx River Greenway has given many South Bronx residents a place to feel comfortable biking, but the streets nearby are often filled with speeding drivers navigating sometimes-confusing intersections. A project adding bike lanes, curb extensions, and lane striping aimed to fix that -- and since the end of the summer residents have seen some of the results. An anonymous reader who lives in Soundview and commutes by bike through the area sent in some photos showing the changes.

Some of the biggest changes have come to the intersection of Whitlock and Westchester Avenues, busy with pedestrians accessing Concrete Plant Park and the 6 train. Among those changes are painted curb extensions, which do not have flex-post bollards and "are almost always completely ignored by drivers," our reader said in an e-mail. Streetsblog has asked DOT if the agency will be installing barriers to keep cars out of the pedestrian space.

Without bollards or barriers, some drivers ignore the newly-painted curb extensions at the intersection of Westchester and Whitlock Avenues.

Beneath the elevated train on Westchester Avenue, drivers and cyclists had previously maneuvered with few lane markings. Now, the lanes are striped, including bike lanes and shared lane icons.

The plan also included shared lane markings on Edgewater Road and expanded pedestrian space at the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Bronx River Avenue.

New road markings provide guidance to drivers and cyclists on Westchester Avenue.

On Bruckner Boulevard, a two-way barrier-protected bikeway has been installed for the block between Bryant and Longfellow Avenues, connecting the southern end of Concrete Plant Park to north-south bike lanes on Bryant and Longfellow Avenues. The one-block protected bike lane does not extend west to Monsignor Del Valle Square and the bike route on Southern Boulevard.

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