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The wheels are in motion!

The city is finally constructing the long-awaited dedicated bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge after years of delays, and cycling fans say they can now see a future where they no longer have to dodge pedestrians on the span’s shared pathway somewhere on the horizon.

“It’s great we’re closer to being finished,” said Caroline Samponaro, deputy director of bike advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. “It means we’ll have more and better space for pedestrians and bikes crossing the bridge.”

The Department of Transportation announced the impending construction at the beginning of September — but it also broadcast similar plans in March, only to put the brakes on the project when it encountered unforeseen design problems. And that was only after more than a year of unexplained delays.

But now construction is actually underway — workers commenced building the two-way two-wheeler path on Sept. 14, and the concrete barrier that will separate the new lane from traffic lanes is already taking shape over the Greenpoint-to-Queens connection. Once all the railing segments are in place, contractors will next cement them all together.

The department still refuses to provide more than a ballpark completion date for the long-awaited lane, however — in September it told this paper it would wrap up by spring 2016, and did not return requests for an update this week.

But Samponaro remains optimistic about the project’s progress.

“The message has been loud and clear that we should get this done as quickly as we can, and I have no doubt the city is trying to do that,” she said.

Lane lovers can keep a-bridged of the construction on the Department of Transporta­tion’s Pulaski Bridge Facebook page, where it is documenting its progress in great detail.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mutley from Greenpoint says:
So this is who I get to thank for the close to 2 hours of traffic I had going from LIC to Greenpoint ? Do you really need 2 bike lanes to get over that bridge? These bike lanes are getting out of hand, I fully understand the appeal for them, but safety is clearly being overlooked here. Do bike riders realize they must obey the same rules as automobile drivers ? Are the police going to crack down on bike riders not obeying the laws? This can be tragic as all I know is that when an accident occurs between an car and a bicycle rider, I never see the automobile driver hurt only the bicycle rider. Wake up bicyclist !!!!! It's your life not mine !
Oct. 14, 2015, 7:59 am
John from Williamsburg says:
Mutley,

1. Yes, the bike lanes were necessary.
2. The safety issue was with the bikes sharing a single path with pedestrians. It was unusable, forcing bikes into a dangerous situation.
3. The police do enforce traffic laws on bicyclists but since they do not have a steel cage protecting them, different safety considerations are made.
4. Yes, the new bike lane will be a great deterrent to aggressive cars killing bikers.

Thank you for your questions. With your continued support we can grow this city into a modern biking mecca. Unfortunately, the car traffic jams will always exist. You should consider a bike.
Oct. 14, 2015, 8:55 am
Brooklynite from Brooklyn says:
"So this is who I get to thank for the close to 2 hours of traffic I had going from LIC to Greenpoint ?"

Everyone knows there was never any traffic in Queens and Brooklyn until that one time you got in a jam.
Oct. 14, 2015, 9:54 am
Tyler from pps says:
Yes, the traffic jam is caused by bicycles. Not the cars. No, not the cars. On Monday, I was in a traffic jam for well over an hour on the Henry Hudson Parkway. Damn bicycles! Amiright?
Oct. 14, 2015, 10:21 am
Jim from Greenpoint says:
Tyler from PPS: you are damn right the bikers are one of the biggest problems in nyc,
Oct. 14, 2015, 1:04 pm
Peter Engel from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Tal Barzillai from Pleasantville, NY in 3....2....1
Oct. 14, 2015, 1:25 pm
Northside Ned from Greenpoint says:
The traffic from this project is INSANE. It is un-policed and dangerous. Someone's going to get killed, and I'm sure will sue for millions.

Call "community liaison" Christine Holowacz and complain: 347-988-4412
Oct. 14, 2015, 2:14 pm
TOM from Brooklyn says:
I thought one of the advantages of biking was it was so cheap but that was when all bikers were using the same roadway along with everyone else.

Now everyone else is being excluded from valued road space to allow only the few bikers that will come.

How much is this exclusive zone costing the taxpayers? It would be better spent on the MTA.

Has anyone factored in the cost of the original roadway that is now lost for valuable use of trucks and cars--you know the real number of users? How long will this expensive pandering last? They're angling for a $400 million addition over the Narrows. Biking ain't cheap any more.
Oct. 14, 2015, 4:10 pm
waveofthefuture from Greenpoint says:
For you car drivers obsessed with owning the city please realize that most of us don't have cars because we have a tremendous transit system that makes it unnecessary to drive one all the time.

Separated/protected bike lanes are the future and expect more. Take a look at what they have in Amsterdam, for example. That's what NYC needs and what it will get in time. The "danger" of biking and the problem all comes from mixed traffic. If you want bikes out of your way you have to give up a few lanes of parking and traffic here and there. If you don't like it, take the subway ya bum.
Oct. 14, 2015, 5:30 pm
Cycler from NYC says:
Segregated bike lanes are a joke, in reality they become sidewalk extensions and you're constantly dodging pedestrians. Plus they encourage wrong-way riders. They're not the future, they're a failed experiment. Much better putting bike lanes in traffic, where vehicles belong.

And please, if you really want to turn New Yorkers off, the guaranteed way to do it is to tell us that's what they do in Cleveland/LA/Paris/Amsterdam.
Oct. 14, 2015, 7:45 pm
Reality Check from Copenhagen says:
Amsterdam gets no significant snow accumulation each winter. Good luck getting those bike lanes plowed like the Wburg Bridge last year, ice everywhere for days!
Oct. 15, 2015, 3:42 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Oh, bike lane haters, you're so cute, so predictable, so wrong! I hope you keep amusing us for years to come. But you've lost the argument.
Oct. 15, 2015, 4:57 am
tyler from pps says:
Ok, Reality Check from Copenhagen....

What about COPENHAGEN? That city gets just as much ice and snow as New York City (actually, perhaps even more on average) and they have elevated/separated bicycle infrastructure everywhere.

Yes, Cycle -- I know, the way to "turn off" New Yorkers is to remind them that other cities are capable of doing things better and that NYC isn't a special little snowflake that can't be compared to any place else. Just because the average New Yorker is an ignorant doofus doesn't mean reality shouldn't be shared once in a while.
Oct. 15, 2015, 4:10 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
TOM, you know that according to the bike zealots, as long as they get what they want, they don't care about anyone or anything else.
Oct. 15, 2015, 5:07 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, waveofthefuture doesn't seem to understand that not everything can be done with some sort of a vehicle. When you need a utility worker to help fix something at your property, do you think he/she will ride a bicycle or take public transportation? The answer is no. If a store needs to be stocked up for the day, what does that person who is responsible for that take? The answer is most likely a truck. I highly doubt that these people can carry everything on a bicycle or with public transportation, so that's why they use vans, trucks, and other commercial vehicles to do this especially to make it in one trip. As for the mentioning of car drivers, not everyone lives where there is viable alternatives like you do, which is why some choose to drive being that it gets them where they want to go to much faster. Overall, I suggest looking at the causes rather than the effects here, and maybe then you will understand why there are those who feel that they can only get somewhere faster when they drive.
Oct. 15, 2015, 5:14 pm
Lotta from New Lots says:
Lotsa cranks here today.
Oct. 15, 2015, 5:39 pm
Rob from Williamsburg says:
I've been cycling over the Pulaski bridge for 27 years. This is welcome news! The sidewalk has gotten too crowded. There are way more individuals on the sidewalk than on the main span. Thank you Joe Lentol. This is going to make cycling between Brooklyn and Queens so much easier.
Oct. 15, 2015, 10:35 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Good news for pedestrians too. I assume the bikes are now supposed to stay in the bike lane and off of the sidewalk.
Oct. 16, 2015, 2:06 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Like, like, like to Matt of Greenpoint. They should be forced to wear fluorescent clothing too.
Oct. 17, 2015, 6:45 am

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