New Shared Bike Lane on Delancey Will Connect East River Park to Williamsburg Bridge

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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The Department of Transportation will soon debut a dedicated bike route that connects the East River Park to the Williamsburg Bridge. Which might come as welcome news to those who traverse this path frequently.

Until now, southbound cyclists from the waterfront were routed to the bridge via Grand Street. This artery is heavily trafficked, indirect, and cited as “unpleasant during peak hours.” Not to mention, those issues combine to create a dangerous situation.

The DOT proposal at hand is a shared bike lane along “Delancey North” that runs from Mangin Street to Clinton Street. Plans also call for a bike box and possible dedicated traffic signal for cyclists stopped at the Clinton intersection. Implementation is scheduled for later this summer, and would also require new pavement markings.

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The Williamsburg Bridge bisects Delancey Street, creating what the DOT calls “North” and “South” designations.

DOT data from October 2014 suggests that in any given 12-hour period, weekday volume along this route is roughly 367 bikes versus 449 on weekends.

Community Board 3, for its part, approved the DOT plans for the new shared bike route.

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