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Old 01-28-21, 03:09 PM
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New bike lanes on bridges in NYC

As per The NY Times:

Car Lanes to Become Bike Lanes on 2 Major New York City Bridges

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to add bike lanes on the Brooklyn and the Queensboro Bridges to encourage cycling as the city recovers from the pandemic.

New York City’s slow transformation away from a vehicle-oriented metropolis will soon get a visible and significant boost: Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to close a lane on both the Brooklyn and Queensboro Bridges and reserve them for bicyclists.

Mr. de Blasio will announce the new cycling plan, known as “Bridges for the People,” at his final State of the City speech on Thursday.

The city will ban cars from the inner lane of the Manhattan-bound side of the Brooklyn Bridge to build the lane and make the existing promenade area at the center of the bridge for pedestrians only, barring cyclists.
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Old 01-29-21, 09:16 AM
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especially makes sense given that the manhattan-bound bridge is fed by two single lanes of traffic, and broadens out to 3 lanes over the span, only to compress back down to narrower off ramps. without vehicles needing to jostle back into fewer lanes coming off the bridge, removing a car lane for this might actually improve things for vehicle traffic as well as bike traffic.
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This is exciting news. The mixing of pedestrians and bicycles can be very dangerous on the Queensboro bridge. Especially at the entrance / exits.
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Great to hear. Now we need to get a bike lane on the Verrazano.

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Great to hear. Now we need to get a bike lane on the Verrazano.
and hopefully one with a dam' fine view from midspan!
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Old 02-06-21, 08:07 PM
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That would be awesome. I hope they put some thought into it if it ever happens.
I’m actually not so crazy about how the new lane on the Brooklyn bridge is going to be tucked away from the panoramic views afforded by its present iteration/configuration. But it’s gotta be way safer’n the way it is presently. It’s just a ridiculous clusterfutz the way it is now.

To those people unfamiliar with cycling the Brooklyn bridge bike path and interested in some utter insanity, check out some videos on YouTube. It is off the hook dumb how they have it now lol.
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I’m actually not so crazy about how the new lane on the Brooklyn bridge is going to be tucked away from the panoramic views afforded by its present iteration/configuration.
That's probably a good thing actually, if it discourages the kind of tourist gawking and photo-ops that so plagued the existing path.

For sake of comparison, think of that picturesque "bike-only" path winding a block through Battery Park between South Ferry and the southernmost Bowling Green. It's just too darn pretty, that pedestrians insist on strolling through what is the only legal bike routing, rather than the gratuitously wide pedestrian-only sidewalk immediately to the east of it.

Being stuck in the middle of the car lanes hopefully nixes some of the "but I brought a citibike" photo-stop-ism

And it might not be only a cycling a concern: a longstanding argument against lane conversion was the claim that a dense crowd of people presents more load per square foot than automobiles. At first intuition that seems absurd, but packing 20-30 standing adults into the footprint of a car in bumper-to-bumper traffic doesn't really seem hard at all. To put some "official" numbers on it, a 60 foot subway car has a standing capacity of ~200 people, and a typical automobile is 15 feet long, so that's actually 50 people replacing a car. If we say 4000 pounds for the car and even just 100 for the people, that's already heavier, with the people on diets and the the car bumpers literally touching.

So making it an unattractive place for sightseeing is probably a plus.

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Old 02-11-21, 10:39 PM
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I guess you got a point but I am going to miss that view.
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de Blasio doing some good things for the city.
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