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.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Beyond Bay Ridge: The New Fresh Creek Bridge

Fresh Creek Bridge open for bicycles along the Greenway!

You may recall from our Real Rider Route #5 that there is substantial construction along the Belt Parkway. A new bridge is being built over Fresh Creek and it includes a brand new bicycle lane. BRBR cruised over it today and can report that it is open for use. Construction crews were putting some of the final parts of the fencing into place on Saturday afternoon. We are guessing that it will also open to eastbound Belt Parkway traffic very soon.

The bicycle and pedestrian lane is wide and generous and separated from the Parkway traffic by a stepped concrete barrier. Chainlink fence sits atop the barrier to a height of about 6'. The water side is only an 8' high chainlink fence.

Very straightforward and the chainlink side allows a view straight down to the water inlet below.

While riding a bicycle, the barriers also keep that Formula-1-in-Monaco feeling that we have grown to appreciate.

Ayrton Senna qualifying at Monaco, 1986