This Week: DOT Shows Fourth Avenue Plan With Protected Bike Lanes to CB 7

To keep making progress on traffic safety, redesigns as substantial as this protected bike lane planned for Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn will have to be implemented citywide. Image: NYC DOT
To keep making progress on traffic safety, redesigns as substantial as this protected bike lane planned for Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn will have to be implemented citywide. Image: NYC DOT

Earlier this year, DOT presented a conceptual design to reconstruct Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue including protected bike lanes. This week the agency begins showing the project to community boards, with a presentation tonight at Brooklyn CB 7.

The reconstruction of Fourth Avenue between 65th Street and Atlantic Avenue is an important opportunity to add safe bike infrastructure to a major street that sorely needs it. DOT safety projects in 2012 and 2013 successfully calmed traffic on Fourth Avenue and reduced traffic injuries, especially for pedestrians, but didn’t include bikeways.

A permanent reconstruction can either create an extremely useful low-stress bike connection between the neighborhoods of western Brooklyn, or it could make such a connection nearly impossible for another generation.

After months of public meetings and outreach, DOT brings its Fourth Avenue plan to the Brooklyn Community Board 7 transportation committee tonight.

Check the full calendar for more info on these and other events.

  • Today: DOT presents its Fourth Avenue plan to the CB 7 transportation committee. 4201 4th Avenue (entrance on 43rd Street), Brooklyn, 11232. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: The City Council transportation committee holds an oversight hearing on the L Train shutdown. City Hall. 10 a.m.
  • Also Thursday: TransitCenter hosts its second annual holiday TransitSlam — “a ruthless competition where presenters compete for audience applause and prizes.” 1 Whitehall Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10004. 6 p.m.

Watch the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

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To keep making progress on traffic safety, redesigns as substantial as this protected bike lane planned for Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn will have to be implemented citywide. Image: NYC DOT

DOT Shows Its Plan to Get the Reconstruction of 4th Avenue Right

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Fourth Avenue is far and away the most viable potential bike route linking Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, and Park Slope, but it's still scary to ride on, with no designated space for cycling. At 4.5 miles long, a protected bike lane would make the reconstructed Fourth Avenue one of the most important two-way streets for bicycle travel in the city, connecting dense residential neighborhoods to jobs and schools.