Details of Brooklyn’s Waterfront Bicycle Greenway Revealed

11/04/2011 9:59 AM |

Hudson Avenue in Vinegar Hill: There will be smooth, bike-friendly cobblestones here soon.
  • Hudson Avenue in Vinegar Hill: There will be smooth, bike-friendly cobblestones here soon.

We’re always talking about “waterfront greenway this,” and “waterfront greenway that,” but information about what will one day be a 14-mile bike route along the Brooklyn waterfront from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge only comes sporadically whenever a section is being work developed. But Wednesday the Department of Transportation spilled a few more beans than usual, outlining in detail its plans for the heavily-used section between Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

At a DOT community workshop on Wednesday evening, Brownstoner reports, the city agency previewed plans to install new bike lanes through South Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO, and upgrade existing ones on Williamsburg Street West, Flushing Avenue, Navy Street and through Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Among the upcoming greenway bike lane projects:
- Extending the two-way protected lane on Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg, which currently ends at Division Avenue, to connect with the Williamsburg Street West two way lane. This will likely be the first of the new projects to get built.
- Upgrade the two-way lane on Williamsburg Street West between Kent and Flushing avenues, which is currently buffered by jersey barriers, to a “two-way gravel separated path with a landscaped buffer .”
- A two-way bike lane on the Brooklyn Navy Yard side of Flushing Avenue and Navy Street between Williamsburg Street West and York Street.
- A “lane of smooth cobble bike paths” on Hudson Avenue in Vinegar Hill between York and Plymouth streets—a stretch that is currently all torturous cobblestones.
- A one-way smoothed cobbled eastbound bike path on Plymouth Street from Main Street to Hudson Avenue, and a westbound smoothed cobbled bike path on Water Street from Main to Hudson.
- And an improved bike lane through Brooklyn Bridge Park.

These plans cover projects five through ten of the 24 projects that make up the 14-mile greenway. The just-announced West Street bike lane in Greenpoint being, it seems, the first project on the north-south route. Plans for points south of Brooklyn Bridge Park will hopefully be announced soon.