In the Works: 7th Ave Bike Lane for Park Slope and “Amity Street Wiggle”
Last night, NYC DOT presented a plan for painted bike lanes and sharrows on Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue, which the Brooklyn Community Board 6 transportation committee voted for 9-2 [PDF].
The Seventh Avenue project would add painted bike lanes between the parking lane and general traffic from 23rd Street to Carroll Street, and sharrows from Carroll Street to Park Place. The arrangement is basically identical to nearby Fifth Avenue, which is the same width as Seventh.
Many people last night expressed a desire for a more ambitious redesign. But DOT Bicycle Program Director Ted Wright said a two-way protected lane on the corridor would only be possible with the removal of a parking lane or conversion of car traffic to one-way flow, and that doesn’t seem to be on the table.
Over by Court Street, Bahij Chancey, Ian Dutton, and other members of Transportation Alternatives’ Brooklyn activist committee had proposed a “wiggle” to allow eastbound cyclists on Amity Street to jog briefly against traffic to get onto Dean Street, a key route extending across much of Brooklyn. DOT now has an official plan to make that happen.
The DOT version calls for a painted bike lane on Amity between Henry Street and Court Street, transitioning to sharrows on Dean Street, which turns into a bike lane a few blocks east. It does not include a pedestrian refuge at Amity and Court like the volunteers’ proposal, but it does have a new crosswalk on Court Street to give pedestrians a route without the potential for conflicts with people on bikes.
“We’re really establishing this as one intersection,” Wright explained to the committee.
Committee member Jerry Armer motioned to table the plan until DOT conducts outreach in the Cobble Hill neighborhood where the project would be implemented (as opposed to last night’s meeting, which was Park Slope). Other committee members wanted to hear more from DOT about the signage that would inform drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists of the unique street configuration.
The transportation committee will consider the project again at its meeting next month.