The first set of bicycle and pedestrian improvements that the Department of Transportation announced for both ends of Brooklyn Bridge Park back in July are nearing completion, with a new two-way protected bike lane on Columbia Street getting its last few touches of paint yesterday (pictured) and Furman Street already transformed into a two-way road (photos after the jump) a couple of weeks ago.
While the overhauling of Old Fulton Street's confusing streetscape hasn't begun yet, most of the other improvements are in place. The new protected bike lane along Columbia Street provides a much safer connection to the Brooklyn Bridge Park bike path, and gets cyclists off the sidewalk between Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street—at which point riders are directed back onto the sidewalk lanes.
The new Columbia Street bike lane configuration doesn't accommodate those northbound cyclists wanting to take Furman Street, which is possible now because it's been changed from its speeding-facilitating two southbound lanes configuration to a two-way street with one lane in either direction and ample shoulder room for cyclists going both directions. These two major changes provide crucial links in the DUMBO-Brooklyn Heights-Columbia Waterfront District portion of the eventual Brooklyn waterfront greenway. Next up: linking Columbia and Van Brunt streets?