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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bicycle Lane on Bay Ridge Parkway? Fuggedaboutit

The photograph above is the view with BRBR riding a bicycle westbound and into the sunset along Bay Ridge Parkway. Apparently, our Community Board, local Council Members and others have changed their minds since last fall about bicycle riding along this road. They don't think the 10'+ available between the cars on the left and parked cars on the right provides enough space for a bicycle lane. I can understand completely, because that space can be perfectly occupied by the double parked car and delivery truck as seen in the photo below.

Read more in the New York Times.

BRBR has ridden this road frequently and blogged about Bay Ridge Parkway in the past. We even think it is comparable to 9th Street in terms of traffic capacity and management.

Take a look now at Google Maps because the dashed green line that marks yesterday's hope for a new bicycle lane traversing the length of Bay Ridge Parkway will soon be erased when the Googolians catch wind of the blog post heard 'round the neighborhood.

How do you ride east-west in Bay Ridge? Yer on your own, pal!

1 comment:

Dave 'Paco' Abraham said...

Bay Ridge isn't ever gonna let go of its autos-only focus if they can't even accept a bike lane on a wide road that's been in the plans for 24 years already.