Eyes on the Street: Clinton Street’s New Bikeway

The bikeway isn't complete yet, but it's already getting used. Photo: Stephen Miller
The bikeway isn’t complete yet, but it’s already getting used. Photo: Stephen Miller

A new two-way bikeway is under construction to provide a connection between the Williamsburg Bridge and the East River Greenway.

The route along Clinton Street extends the existing two-way protected bike lane between Delancey and Grand an additional five blocks to South Street, where it connects to the waterfront bike path beneath the FDR Drive.

The waterfront greenway, which runs along South Street, will also be getting an upgrade: concrete barriers to protect greenway users from cars and trucks. DOT says the installation schedule for this component of the project is still being determined.

Cinton Street is getting a two-way bikeway and painted curb extensions. Image: DOT [PDF]
Clinton Street is getting a two-way bikeway and painted curb extensions. Image: DOT [PDF]
Changes are already underway, with new striping being installed on Clinton Street. The bikeway will run along Clinton’s west curb, which will no longer have parking. On the east curb, angled parking will be striped to squeeze in more spaces. There will be all of two fewer parking spaces when all is said and done.

Together with painted curb extensions at corners, the angled parking will help narrow the car lanes to reduce speeding.

Changes on Clinton Street should be complete next month, DOT said.

A curb extension being painted on Clinton Street at Henry Street. Photo: Stephen Miller
A curb extension being painted on Clinton Street at Henry Street. Photo: Stephen Miller

The plan was supported by Community Board 3 in April [PDF]. The board also asked DOT for additional traffic signals and a mid-block crosswalk on Clinton between Grand and East Broadway. Those are not included in this plan.

DOT had also proposed converting Rutgers Street to one-way southbound operation, but that was not supported by CB 3 [PDF]. Update: DOT says it is not moving forward this portion of the project, and will consider other possible changes after work is complete on Clinton and South streets.

  • J

    These types of things are frustrating. Why does Chinatown get decent bike infrastructure, while Crown Heights doesn’t even get sharrows? Why does the UWS have to ask for 5 years for protected bike lanes to be proposed on Amsterdam?

  • The areas near the bridges are natural spots for good bike infrastructure. The Queens entry to the Queensboro Bridge made me gasp with joy when I first saw it in its completed state.

    But it is indeed frustrating that broad swaths of New York City have no bike lanes at all. I have made trips to Philadelphia in each of the past two years; and I was so impressed to see bike lanes in all corners of that city, not just in the historic and bustling Center City area. We probably have more total miles of bike lanes; but they certainly have coverage in a greater percentage of their city. There are even plenty of bike lanes in Northeast Philly, the “Queens” of Philadelphia!

    Alas, here in the post-Bloomberg period, I doubt that we’ll ever see the large-scale expansion of bike lanes out to the areas of Queens and Brooklyn where they are currently lacking.

  • Matthias

    Thank goodness additional traffic signals weren’t added. We need more stop signs, not lights for drivers to beat.

  • BBnet3000

    Why does it seem like the only new comfortable infrastructure we are seeing is under the aegis of Greenways?

  • bob88

    Excellent news–great to see improved connections to the Williamsburg bridge bike path!

  • BBnet3000

    This is a Greenway, as are the new capital constructed paths going in soon on Hamilton and Flushing Aves. 4th Ave would be in the territory of regular bike planning.

    This distinction is part of the lack of transparency you’re talking about of course. It’s also symptomatic of having no bike plan.

  • J

    I think we will see bike “facilities” in more parts of the city, but they will be mainly sharrows with some poorly-planned bike lanes that attract rampant double parking. The Philly example is interesting, and I think the main difference is that they simply don’t have a big double parking problem in much of the outer areas of the city. I also don’t think many of those lanes in outer areas get a ton of use, as they are not protected.

  • Bahij

    Remove two parking spaces!?!

    Seriously though, what East River Greenway are they referring to? The maze of terribly non contiguous paths that peter out at 37th st?

  • brian kusler

    Great news!

  • The limo driving elite do go out on bikes during weekends for recreation so thats very important

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