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.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bay Ridge Parkway - What It Might Have Been

Last Fall, this proposal received approval and was moving forward. As of Tuesday, this shovel-ready project was made shredder-ready with a single press release, published on Council Member Domenic Recchia's website.

See the full DOT presentation at the link below and some snap shots provided here.

For the record, a federal highway lane (the ones you can drive 55 to 65+mph upon) is 12' wide. The current travel lanes are 16' wide (25' minus 9' parking). The new bicycle lanes would have reduced the travel lanes to 11'. Perhaps drivers were concerned that this reduction in lane width would have decreased opportunities to complete the classic Brooklyn mid-block U-Turn? This is the only explanation we can immediately think up.

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