UPDATE: Thanks to the hard work of many members in TransAlt's Brooklyn Activist Committee, Brooklyn's Community Board 2 voted in support of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) proposal for a 2-way protected bike lane on Jay Street!! This project will replace painted bike lanes between Sands Street and Fulton Street with curbside parking-protected bike lanes.The DOT is planning on implementing this project in the latter part of Summer 2016. Jay Street is an important street for Brooklyn commuters using the Manhattan Bridge and during rush hour bikes account for 34% of vehicles. If you want to make concrete change like this in your neighborhood get involved with the Brooklyn Committee and connect with a community of advocates who are excited to work with you towards improving the lives of New Yorkers!
Jay Street is a critical connector to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, but it lacks the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure needed to protect New Yorkers from dangerous traffic. Drivers regularly make illegal U-turns and double-park on the street, blocking the bike lane and imperiling the thousands of bicyclists that use the popular commuting corridor every day. The T.A. Brooklyn Activist Committee, in partnership with Council Member Stephen Levin, Community Board 2, The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, DUMBO BID and Forest City Ratner held a community planning session – called Re-Imagine Jay Street – in the spring of 2014. More than 100 Brooklyn residents attended and weighed in with ideas to add protected bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, bike corrals and other traffic calming measures to reduce dangerous speeding and double parking while encouraging healthy transportation choices for more New Yorkers.
Now the committee is working with partner organizations and political leaders to submit a formal request for these improvements to the Department of Transportation.
Jay St. Campaign News
Thanks to everyone who attended Re-imagine Jay Street! Check out the coverage of the event, and stay tuned for next steps to make Jay Street safer:
- Hazardous Jay St. in Downtown Brooklyn in desperate need of major safety improvements, say advocates
- Activists: ‘Wall off the Jay Street bike lanes’
- Crash-Prone Jay St. Corridor Overhaul at Center of Monday Night Discussion
- Downtown cops vow to give double-parkers the full-court press
- Meeting’s goal: A safer Jay Street
- Fixing Jay Street Starts with Cracking Down on Illigal Double Parking