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Eyes on the Street: Course Correction on the Dean Street Bike Lane

Until this morning, people biking on this block of Dean Street east of Flatbush had to cross over car traffic and back in other to stay in the bike lane. Photo: Christophe Hille

Every once in a while, snafus in the bike network do get fixed. Today's case in point: Dean Street by the Barclays Center.

Dean Street is one of the most important routes in the Brooklyn bike network, forming a long east-west pair with the Bergen Street bike lane. But between Flatbush and Sixth Avenue, Dean is perpetually under construction as part of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park mega-development.

Over the years, crews have changed the markings on this block to accommodate construction work that encroaches on the street. In 2013, they shifted the bike lane markings away from the north curb to make room for a work zone.

When construction on the north side of Dean wrapped up recently, the bike lane markings remained in the same place. This created a dangerous condition where cyclists on Dean crossing Flatbush were expected to merge across through traffic, then merge back to the north side once they passed the construction zone.

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