No one would honestly believe that there is a pedestrian path on this bridge, but, indeed, the lane to the left in this photo is meant for east- and west-bound walkers. Photo: Noah Martz It’s our December donation drive! Click the logo for info or use the widget on the top of this page (or at the bottom of this post if you are on mobile). The bike boom shouldn’t come with a crash.
The city is doubling down on its delay at giving more space to cyclists and pedestrians on the Queensboro Bridge, even as the agency’s own data show that the span had the highest annual increase in bike traffic.
The agency has argued that giving pedestrians what they’ve long been promised — full possession of the bridge’s South Outer Roadway so that walkers would no longer have to share the northernmost lane on the span — would trigger too much congestion for drivers during the ongoing construction on car lanes on the upper deck.
Bicycle trips over the Queensboro Bridge jumped 14 percent this summer compared to the same time last year — but the city still forces cyclists and pedestrians (in both directions) to share one dangerously narrow lane.
Despite those conditions, the Queensboro topped* all other bridges where the DOT counts bike trips , according to a Transportation Alternatives analysis of year-over-year increases this summer versus 2021. The #bikeboom continues! Comparing Summer 2022 to 2021 ridership: Prospect Park West -12%
Williamsburg Br +0.12%
Manhattan Br +3%
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