Unpleasantly narrow and crowded times are upon us again, as the city plans to close the pedestrian side of the Williamsburg Bridge, forcing walkers onto the bike paths on the north side of the bridge (pictured) where everyone will be annoying and grumpy to everyone for six weeks from June 13 to late July. Almost as baffling as the choice of timing—during the absolute busiest season for cyclists and pedestrians on bridges—is the reason for the closure.
The Brooklyn Paper reports that the city will be making security improvements to the Williamsburg Bridge's south walkway, thereby leading to inumerable security threats on the north side as 6,200 daily cyclists and a whole lotta pedestrians share a narrow passage. Teresa Toro, a transportation expert involved with the security project tells the BP: “It’s a post—9-11 world—all bridges are getting added security. The intent is to prevent smaller vehicles from being driven onto those areas of the bridge.”
It's also a post-auto hegemony world, and yet here we are threatening the security of cyclists and pedestrians in order to keep small motor vehicles off the steepest, bumpiest and narrowest of the Williamsburg Bridge's ramps. Best to take the Manhattan and Queensboro/Ed Koch bridges until August.