Heavy pedal! Bike lane eyed for industrial Metropolitan Avenue

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A hairy road in industrial Williamsburg could be getting more bike-friendly.

The city is asking locals for input on how best to extend the bike-way along Grand Street onto four blocks of Metropolitan Avenue, a fast-moving truck route that saw four people hurt in crashes and a cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver between August 2011 and 2014, according to police data compiled by the website NYC Crashmapper. The need for bicycle markings on the street is dire, a road-minded member of the neighborhood’s community board said.

“It is important that we do something as soon as possible to make this road safer,” said Community Board 1’s transportation committee chairwoman Karen Nieves.

The lane would run along Metropolitan Avenue from the bike lanes at Grand Street to the Queens border at Onderdonk Avenue.

The board plans to invite cyclists and local business owners to come up with a plan for a bike route, which could be as unsubstantial as shared-road arrows in the car lane or as solid as a separated bike lane. The board has a feeling bike riders and the proprietors of the factories and warehouses whose 18-wheelers and box trucks ply the route won’t see eye to eye on a prescription for safety, Nieves said.

“We need to figure out where the conflicts are,” she said.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Or from Yellow Hook says:
Wheeee! Toys in Traffic
June 23, 2014, 7:39 am
Ryan from Cobble hill says:
Whee! Trolls in comments
June 23, 2014, 8:06 am
D from Queens says:
How do you think the people who work at those industrial buildings get to work? It's a bit of a shlep to the L train. Give them a real bike lane so they have another option for getting to work besides having to drive or take the Q54/Q59.
June 23, 2014, 8:45 am
Resident from Brooklyn says:
This is great! But it should be a separated bike lane to slow down fast moving trucks, shorten pedestrian crossings, and protect cyclists. A win for everyone.
June 23, 2014, 8:59 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
How hard can it be to figure out how to extend it? There's a bike lane all along Grand St. Then it stops. Don't stop it. Done.
June 23, 2014, 11:21 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I still think that it's a bad idea to have bike lanes through an industrial area considering how so many of the bike zealots tend to act and will probably place themselves into harm's way of the trucks, but they'll probably claim it's the fault of the truckers for being in their way.
June 23, 2014, 3:31 pm
Resident from Pleasantville, NY says:
Brilliant comment from Tal as always. Putting a protected bike lane that would separate cyclists from truckers would actually mean bike zealots putting themselves into "harm's way of the trucks."

The logic astounds!
June 23, 2014, 3:51 pm
ty from pps says:
we can still be friends.
June 23, 2014, 4:53 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
This is what I'm not getting here. Why would anyone want to ride a bicycle through an area that it's dangerous to ride through anyway? Wouldn't reducing the width of the streets there hurt the trucks that are using those streets a lot and cause a lot of traffic for them? Then again, the bike zealots are against any form of motor vehicles and only look at what benefits them only even if it causes an inconvenience to others, which they will act very apathetic to at all times.
June 23, 2014, 6:36 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Why, ride through that area Tal? To get to the otherside, of course.
June 23, 2014, 6:57 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Mike, I wasn't talking about the chicken crossing the road, so you have the wrong punchline.
June 24, 2014, 5:22 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
Tal, you ought to get outside and bike Brooklyn's paths to gain better perspective on such questions. I drive as well as bike and walk so feel like I have some insight into how to view these matters from all angles. Many of us here do likewise. Yet you seem to only drive. Also, you could use the exercise, and some sun would do you good--you're much too pale. You might also find that the lack of depth-perception from your crossed eyes is not such an issue when you're travelling at the slower speed of a bike. You might also find the exercise helps with the ups and downs between doses of your meds.
June 24, 2014, 9:30 pm
NYPD from NY says:
Scott from Park Slope,

Have you seen Tal before? If he rode a bike he'd probably have a heart attack.
June 25, 2014, 9:11 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I just feel that it's a bad idea to have bike lanes in an area that happens to be either industrial or commercial. The main reason is because those areas are heavily used by commercial vehicles, and they need all the space there they can get. Not every place needs to have bike lanes especially if they are going to places where they are hardly ever used making them feel like a waste of taxpayer dollars. On a side note, you guys really need to stop with the personal attacks.
June 25, 2014, 7:31 pm
ty from pps says:
Is that what you feel? And it feels bad?
June 26, 2014, 2:53 pm
Mykewl from Williamsburg says:
It would be great if a protected lane were erected. People drive crazily over there and mass transportation over in that area is practically non existent. A bike lane option would be great for everyone!!! (P.S. I drive more than bike and I'm ok with it).
June 30, 2014, 10:21 am

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