Despite the best efforts of CBS 2 to put an end to the city's growing bike network, representatives from the Department of Transportation gave the public a first look at a planned 4.5-mile bike lane down 4th Avenue in Brooklyn last night.
The DOT showed their proposed idea last night at a public workshop attended by about 80 people, according to Streetsblog. The planned protected bike lane would run through Park Slope, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, and would take up five feet on each side of the road. Importantly, for a road people still speed on, the bike lane would be separated from car traffic by a combination parking lane/pedestrian island and an additional 2.5 foot bumper. The end result would be similar to the proposed idea of the Brooklyn Boulevard from 2010, except for the key difference of actually adding elements that actually discourage speeding your car along the road. Hmm maybe it's not that similar at all.
4th Avenue had already gone through some changes in recent years with the expansion of existing pedestrian islands, a ban on left turns and newly painted crosswalks, all of which reduced pedestrian and cyclist injuries after the changes were introduced, according to the DOT. Additional changes were still planned for the avenue—including larger raised medians featuring planters, benches and public arts—but the DOT said political and community leaders from the areas 4th Avenue runs demanded bike infrastructure too.
According to the DOT, the next meeting about the 4th Avenue lane will be on May 11th at the PS 136 cafeteria in Sunset Park.
— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 26, 2017