Go Ahead — Take a Ride on the Park Row Bikeway

Video still: Noel Hidalgo
Video still: Noel Hidalgo

The official unveiling is a few days away, but the new Park Row bikeway is ready for riding.

Because of its proximity to NYPD headquarters, Park Row was mostly closed to the public after 9/11. Local residents and businesses had for years asked the city to restore access, and last summer DOT announced plans for a two-way bike lane, plus 10,000 square feet of painted sidewalk space, between Worth and Frankfort streets [PDF]. Crews got to work on preliminary street markings last April.

The project will improve north-south bike trips under the Brooklyn Bridge, and will link the bridge and Chinatown. Some tour buses may be allowed, but otherwise the segment will be closed to private motor vehicles.

Painted bike lanes on Frankfort and Dover will connect southbound cyclists from Park Row to Lower Manhattan and the waterfront. Image: NYC DOT
Painted bike lanes on Frankfort and Dover will connect southbound cyclists from Park Row to Lower Manhattan and the waterfront. Image: NYC DOT

DOT told Streetsblog that, as of today, the path is “operational in advance of a forthcoming and more formal ribbon cutting later this week.”

Noel Hidalgo, who might be the project’s most dedicated observer, posted a short video tour this morning:

  • JarekFA

    The portion of Park Row that comes out near spruce street is still closed. And it doesn’t look like it’ll open too soon as there are still concrete gaps in the road that look like they need to be filled in. But you can see the markings on the road.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d8b6451bff7392c070f880c665af337748d495980131d941f1a79c6b55125b48.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3b8cfb761fe0ea7add675a6cf6be9e8581e15236860144acb219ff647f66dd2.jpg

  • Geck

    I hope the cops who guard Park Row got the memo. I got turned away on Friday by a cop who claimed it was not finished yet.

  • com63

    This seems like a trap. The cops are totally going to camp out at that stop sign at Pearl and Park Row and give tickets to cyclists. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • com63

    This is a good synergy project between #placardcorruption and #bikenyc. Maybe street safety advocates should convince NYPD to close more streets in the name of anti-terrorism (ie to create more placard parking). Then they can put bike lanes on these streets.

    Just think if they closed streets to public cars for blocks around Penn Station, Times Square, Grand Central etc. Tons of parking for placard holders would be created.

  • Gemilla Alé Dowey

    That is one good looking bike lane!

  • I got kicked off the lane on Saturday.

    I entered at Worth Street; but, as I was approaching the spot where there is a little police booth, an officer came out and told me (and another rider) that we had to go back.

  • carma

    good one… lol..

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