Cyclists on the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday The Brooklyn Bridge bike lane opened to the public on Tuesday, bringing a welcome end to the chaotic mix of cyclist and pedestrian traffic on the iconic bridge’s promenade.
The new two-way lane lies on the Manhattan-bound side of the roadbed, separated from passing drivers by concrete barriers topped with chain link fencing. It was first announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio last year, amid a pandemic-fueled boom in cycling that has shown no signs of slowing.
The new configuration — the bridge’s first since the trolley tracks were removed in 1950 — earned mixed reviews from cyclists on its inaugural day.
Most agreed that it was a major improvement from riding on the wood-slatted promenade — which carried some 2,000 cyclists and 10,000 pedestrians, many of them bike-oblivious tourists, each day. But at just 8 feet wide, the new lane allows little room for error.
Roni Patrone, a Brooklyn Heights resident, said she was nearly side-swiped by a delivery cyclist’s GrubHub bag on her first ride. Despite the barriers, she was left “a bit nervous” by the lane’s proximity to vehicle traffic.
“It’s great not to be dodging pedestrians, but, on the other hand, the lanes are narrow and the cars are going too fast,” Patrone said.
According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the “desirable” width of a two-way bike lane is 12 feet, with 8 feet being the minimum in “constrained locations.” Possibly the first dog to ride the new Brooklyn Bridge bike […]