In March the DOT unveiled plans to install a two-way, protected path along Flushing Avenue, which would have been the last piece of the puzzle giving cyclists a safe bike route, completely separated from traffic, all the way from Greenpoint to DUMBO. But local residents and businesses raised objections about the DOT's intention to change Flushing into a one-way avenue for cars between Kent Avenue and Navy Street. Now the DOT has drafted a compromise, which has won the approval of the local community board transportation committee. While it's a step in the right direction, the new plan will take years to fully implement.

The first phase of the project will create bike lanes on Flushing Avenue between Kent and Navy as an interim solution to the hazardous conditions. Phase 2 will widen the sidewalk on the north side of Flushing by six feet, creating a two-way bike path and shared pedestrian space, similar to what's currently in effect on part of Kent. But expanding the sidewalk requires coordination with multiple city agencies, and the DOT estimates that it will take two to four years to build. (We're told that the 50 or so saplings planted along Flushing and Williamsburg Street this month will not need to be uprooted to extend the sidewalk.)

Responding to opposition from Navy Yard tenant Steiner Studios, the DOT's Ted Wright said, "I want to ask you guys to support the greenway as much as possible. Lets not shoot it down before we get it up and running."

Streetsblog attended the Tuesday night meeting, and reports that the DOT also presented plans for a new bike route on Vanderbilt Avenue, connecting to the Flushing bike lane. The Vanderbilt proposal would extend bike lanes across Atlantic Avenue, "a wide, complex, dangerous intersection on a street where more than 1,000 people ride every day. Cyclists riding southbound on Vanderbilt will approach the intersection on a painted curbside lane. On the northbound approach, the bike lane will be placed between traffic heading straight and a right-turn lane."