Welcome to BRBRbrooklyn! Whether you are pedaling to the shore, the store, your neighbor’s stoop, or back to your own coop, this blog is for you. Bay Ridge Bicycle Routes is an effort raise to awareness within our neighborhood and among civic groups about the activities of bicyclists in Bay Ridge and other nearby communities in southern Brooklyn.

Our neighborhood’s immediate access to the harbor, less congested street traffic, friendly atmosphere, expansive parks and flat terrain (except, of course, for the steep ridge in Bay Ridge!) makes our corner of New York City one of the most fantastic places to ride a bicycle. Whether for transportation, recreation, fun or fitness, cycling is great in Bay Ridge.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bay Ridge Parkway: A Quick View

So does anyone ride a bicycle on Bay Ridge Parkway? Here's some evidence: I snapped a photo of this guy on Friday evening (July 30) at about 8pm.

Cyclist going west along Bay Ridge Parkway near 11th Ave.

The proposal for a bicycle lane was the reason to start this blog, as posted here and here.

The street is an interesting one, acting as a notable east-west connector in southern Brooklyn. It extends for 3 miles from Stillwell Avenue and Garibaldi Square Park to the harbor at Shore Road. Link to Map of Bay Ridge Parkway.

The width of the road varies in places as it passes through the neighborhoods. Curb-to-curb, much of it measures approximately 48' to 52' wide. This happens for most of the length east of Ft Hamilton Parkway.

Bay Ridge Parkway at Ft Hamilton Parkway.

This photo looking west shows the roadway width, including parked cars and active driving lane.

Another shot made farther west. The bus stops that are at every avenue can be seen here.

A photo of one of the widest areas of Bay Ridge Parkway between 6th Ave and 4th Ave. Half of the roadbed width contains enough space for parked cars, a double parked car unloading passengers and a through vehicle that doesn't yet cross the yellow line.

There is a kink in Bay Ridge Parkway at 4th Ave and between 4th Ave and 3rd Ave it narrows to only about 42' curb-to-curb.

Then past 3rd Ave, Bay ridge Parkway widens again and descends down to the harbor.

Bay Ridge Parkway arrives at Shore Road!


Missy said...

What is riding a bike on Ft Hamilton Pkwy like (asks a cyclist from Jackson Heights, Queens)? Heavily congested? Drivers gunning it? Crazy for cycling, or average? I'm thinking of riding to the VA hospital in Brooklyn as it'll take just as long as taking the 3 trains. That seems like the longest stretch that doesn't have a lane, and that I'm unfamiliar with. I have a decent amount of experience riding on city streets but am wary still (probably a good thing!)

BRBR said...

Ft Hamilton isn't any worse or better than most other Brooklyn streets. The only fast section for the cars in along the edge of Greenwood Cemetery where there are few stoplights. Otherwise, it is stop and go like most other streets. It is busy with delivery trucks, buses, etc. Maybe 13th/14th Ave might be another possibility?