Though it seems premature to deem it 2012’s Prospect Park West bike lane, there is a fight in the making over proposed bike lanes on Greenpoint Avenue’s John Jay Byrne Bridge, which links Greenpoint and Long Island City. Back in October local businesses complained about the potential loss of 50 parking spaces, and now the Department of Transportation has taken the project back to the drawing board.
Under the proposed redesign, the Greenpoint Avenue span crossing Newtown Creek would get painted bike lanes in both directions, but it’s the bridge approaches that would require the removal of parking spaces and have consequently earned the ire of local businesses.
Crain’s files an update on the dispute, noting that work on the lanes is likely still months away. “We’re almost back to the drawing board,” said Community Board 1 transportation committee chair Karen Nieves. “Right now, the DOT is doing a parking survey. Hopefully, they’ll come back to us in the spring with recommendations.
Until then, cyclists using this increasingly popular link between Brooklyn and Queens continue to fend for themselves against the many trucks turning off and onto that very industrial stretch. Transportation Alternatives’ Caroline Samponaro says: “A bike lane is a safety improvement, and it’s even more important to have bike lanes on a truck route.”