Winter 2003, p.6
Enough Already! Build the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway
The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a proposed off-street bicycle and pedestrian path between Red Hook and Brooklyn Bridge Park that has been in the works for a number of years, continues to be threatened by a decades-old DOT plan to widen Van Brunt Street. Van Brunt is the DOT's designated local truck route; the agency has proposed to widen it from 30 feet to 42 feet to allow two 50' trucks to be able to pass at 30 mph. The DOT's street widening plan will create dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. And, despite the support of State Senator Martin Connor, State Assembly member Joan Millman, City Council member David Yassky, the Regional Plan Association and the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Taskforce, the DOT has proposed to stripe two on-street buffered bike lanes on Van Brunt to avoid problems between barreling motor vehicles and cyclists and pedestrians instead of scrapping the widening plan altogether and using this space as part of the off-street Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.
© 1997-2009 Transportation Alternatives
127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001