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The Brooklyn Bridge’s infrastructure improvements are kickstarting a renaissance for bicycling

The Brooklyn Bridge’s infrastructure improvements are kickstarting a renaissance for bicycling

The Brooklyn Bridge in January 2020 before the installation of the new dedicated bike path. Image: Sven Becker/Unsplash The Brooklyn Bridge finally caught up with…

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The Brooklyn Bridge in January 2020 before the installation of the new dedicated bike path. Image: Sven Becker/Unsplash The Brooklyn Bridge finally caught up with the COVID-19-era rise in cycling last year after the city opened a dedicated bike path on the iconic span’s roadway.

It was one of the signature initiatives in the final year of the Mayor Bill de Blasio administration, and advocates lauded the addition, which was also the first reconfiguration of the bridge since old trolley tracks were permanently removed in 1950. — amNewYork

Bicycle traffic on the bridge increased by more than a quarter from 2020 to last year. The jump is indicative of an overall city-wide trend, which has seen New Yorkers’ biking habits increase at a rate of 33% . The numbers likely correlate to the pandemic-era decrease in subway ridership caused by fears of viral contagion and an increase in violent incidents . Van Alen Institute’s "Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge" Competition winners have been announced New York inaugurated 30 additional miles of dedicated bike paths in the past months, leading to a marked increase in traffic on the Manhattan and Queensboro Bridges (although DOT noted a minor decline in the use of the Williamsburg Bridge). The (almost) 139-year-old structure had previously only allowed for very uncomfortable biking on its crowded pedestrian walkway before construction was completed in the fall, after which the AMNY recorded a whopping 88% increase from the same months in 2020. Similar articles on Archinect that may interest […]

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