Eyes on the Street: Jay Street Bikeway Segment Connects DUMBO to Downtown Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridge

Photo: NYC DOT
Photo: NYC DOT

Yesterday DOT tweeted this pic of the new bike connection on Jay Street, between Prospect and York streets.

This is a contraflow, parking-protected bike lane segment giving cyclists a safe, direct route out of DUMBO. (There’s also a painted curbside bike lane heading into DUMBO.) It’s a short connection that does a lot to improve the network, creating better access to the Manhattan Bridge, Downtown Brooklyn, and Fort Greene.

DOT went through a few design iterations before landing on this one. In an earlier version, the protected bike lane was bi-directional, but the agency pulled it after deciding downhill cyclists wouldn’t be able to get a clear view of traffic approaching at York. The next version had no protection at all. This one gives protection to the cyclists who need it most, going uphill against car traffic.

Community Board 2 voted for the project in May. DOT says a new traffic signal will be installed at Jay and Prospect, beneath the bridge.

Image: NYC DOT
  • Daphna

    I think the bi-directional protected lane would have been better because unprotected curbside lanes are not respected by motorists, so those cyclists heading uphill will have many obstacles in their lane to contend with. Unprotected curbside lanes are invariably filled to some degree with unlawfully parked vehicles making them artially unusable.

  • JarekFA

    If you’re in a car, and you need to move/get somewhere and the only way to do so is by stopping or driving through a painted bike lane . . . is the fear of a ticket really going to stop you? Of course not. It’s so absurd.

  • Brian Howald

    The problem with a bi-directional protected lane was such:

    From west (left) to east (right) facing northbound, you’d have

    · southbound cyclists going up the hill
    · northbound cyclists going down the hill
    · a row of parked cars
    · northbound drivers going down the hill, who are required to turn left onto York Street.

    Cyclists going down the hill and continuing north on Jay Street would find themselves in the path of left-turning vehicles from north on Jay to west on York. Every southbound oncoming driver on Jay, is required to turn right to head west on York. So cyclists would find themselves cutting across the street, potentially across the path of multiple turning vehicles.

    Full disclosure, I’m on CB2, but was not on it when the two-way lane was voted upon and ultimately pulled by DOT.

  • Robert Perris

    Not only did Community Board 2 vote in support of the project, its transportation committee was actively involved with improving the design as it proceeded through its iterative development.

  • BortLicensePlatez

    Bi-directional should be the norm and the law for every single bike lane moving forward. It makes so much sense and not only gives presence to bikers, but it makes drivers, whose entitlement and brattiness rivals Trump’s, a sense that they have “their” road and we have “ours”.

  • Toddster

    Finally!!! This is the one of the rare blocks I used to salmon on. It’s so hard to get our of Dumbo. So glad I won’t have to feel guilty anymore.

  • Ursula Hahn

    How is the transition section underneath the Manhattan Bridge between Sands Street and the continuation of Jay Street solved?


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