The bike ride along the East River between north and south Brooklyn just got a lot less treacherous. Having installed separated bike paths almost all the way from Greenpoint to downtown Brooklyn, the DOT has finally turned its attention to the last unfriendly piece of the puzzle: Flushing Avenue along the Brooklyn Navy Yards. What was formerly the only hairy section of an otherwise pleasant bike route is getting some big improvements this week, with bike lanes stretching all the way from Williamsburg Street West to Navy Street.

As an added safety bonus, the DOT has also installed Jersey barriers between Washington and Kent, giving cyclists additional protection, at least until some loaded driver mistakes it for a drunken occupancy vehicle lane.