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New Protected Bike Lanes Announced For Meeker Avenue, Franklin Street and More!

A protected bike lane will connect Franklin Street to Kent Avenue. (Photo via DOT)

Some of North Brooklyn’s most perilous biking routes will be getting safer as part of the “Green Wave” plan for the Department of Transportation to bring more than 30 miles of protected bikes lanes to NYC over the next five years.

Pink lines w green dashes are this year’s lanes. Yellow lines w green dashes are potential routes for 2021. Previously completed lanes are double shaded and dark green. Map via DOT.

With 29 cyclist deaths in NYC in 2019, which is up from 10 deaths in 2018, attention has turned to the dangerous routes where increased protections for cyclists can save lives. Ten miles of bike lanes will be constructed in Brooklyn including a continuous lane connecting Kent Avenue and Franklin Street to West Street via Quay Street.

The Kent Avenue to West Street bike lanes are presented in three sections; Kent Avenue (N 13th – N 14th Streets), Franklin Street (N 14th – Quay Streets), and Quay Street (Franklin – West Streets):

Kent Avenue (N 13th – N 14th Streets)
Franklin Street (N 14th – Quay Streets)
Quay Street (Franklin – West Streets

Meeker Avenue is finally getting a protected bike lane in Williamsburg that will connect to the Kosciuszko Bridge, which was identified as a ‘death trap‘ for cyclists entering and exiting the bridge alongside heavy truck traffic. The DOT proposes the following along Meeker Avenue:

DOT is proposing safety improvements to address gaps in the pedestrian network on Meeker Avenue from Union to Metropolitan Avenues, and safety concerns at the intersections along Metropolitan Avenue between Union Avenue and Havemeyer Street. Improvements include signal timing changes, new crosswalks, sidewalk extensions and clarified vehicular movements.

The new safety measures for the Kosciuszko Bridge include on the Queens side, an additional north-south route to Queens Blvd. “DOT will continue to look at improving the bike network connecting to the Kosciuszko Bridge, and will also continue to work with State DOT to provide a seamless and safe bike and pedestrian connection off the Kosciuszko Bridge Path entrance,” the DOT said in the press release.


Other bike lanes are planned for Navy Street near the Brooklyn Navy Yard; the 4th Avenue extension in Park Slope; Smith Street in Downtown Brooklyn; Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park; Ft. Hamilton Parkway in Windsor Terrace, and Remsen Avenue in Canarsie.

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DOT Proposes Protected Bike Lane on Franklin and Quay Streets

A portion of Franklin Street may be getting a protected bike lane. (Courtesy of Google Maps)

A redesign of Franklin and Quay Streets by the Department of Transportation with plans to rearrange 15 parking spots and add a protected two-way bike lane is in the works, Brooklyn Paper reports.

Courtesy of NYC DOT

The proposal (available here) is part of a larger DOT plan to make commuting by bike easier and safer along the often perilous route through Greenpoint starting where Kent Avenue and Franklin Street meet; existing issues identified in the proposal include:

• Gap in the protected bike lane network between Kent Ave two-way bike path and West St two-way path
• Challenging transition from Kent Ave to Franklin Ave with increased bicycle volumes along a truck route
• Limited eastbound access from West St – Quay St and Calyer St are westbound”

Franklin Street has become especially congested in recent years with heavy truck and construction traffic, the added B32 bus route, more waterfront residents resulting in an increased number of cyclists and runners competing for space on the two-way street.

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