With the Citi Bike program expected to open in May, the New York City Department of Transportation has its sights set on giving Brooklyn cyclists more room to ride across the borough. The proposed Brooklyn Greenway Project will add 14 miles of bike lanes from Greenpoint to Sunset Park in addition to extended sections in Red Hook and the Brooklyn Navy Yard that are set to be complete in 2014. The initiative, planned in collaboration with the Regional Planning Association, encourages green infrastructure along the Brooklyn waterfront and provides a recreational destination for pedestrians, visiting tourists and residents alike.
Commuter cycling in the New York City increased by a whopping 58 percent last year compared to 2008. And with the advent of the Citi Bike program this spring, the numbers of New Yorkers trekking the city by bicycle is expected to increase exponentially.
According to Arch Paper, the NYCDOT will begin construction on the $12.5 million project by as early as summer. Currently, five miles of the Greenway have been established through Kent Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Columbia Street and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Bike lanes have already been approved along West Street in Greenpoint, and the second project will widen routes along Flushing Avenue. The cost of these two projects will total $18 million dollars. Funding for the construction projects has been provided in part by the city, corporate partners and private donations. To show your support for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative make a tax-deductible donation here.
Via Arch Paper