DOT Announces New 2-Way Protected Bike Lane Linking Delancey Street to Williamsburg Bridge

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Big changes are coming soon to Delancey Street.

Indeed, the Department of Transporation yesterday released its “Strategic Plan 2016,” which aims to improve “traffic safety and public health, expanding travel choices, supporting New York City’s efforts to fight climate change, doubling cycling, and maintaining streets and bridges in a state of good repair.”

For Lower East Siders, that means a brand new two-way, protected bike lane for the Delancey Street corridor leading up to the Williamsburg Bridge. The tentative plan is to link the span with the current bike path on Allen Street. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, secure parking would eventually be made available for dozens of bikes in the recently-renovated Municipal Parking Garage on Essex Street.

In addition, the announcement calls out the thoroughfare as being “the busiest East River crossing for cyclists” that will likely see heightened traffic once the L train shuts down in 2019. The city anticipates a dialog with the community next year (i.e. CB3 meetings) ahead of the rollout later in 2017.

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