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, July 13, 2013

Who is the Bike Candidate?

This story from Brooklyn Magazine compares the crop of NYC mayoral candidates on their attitudes and stance for bicycling in the city, meaning all of the city, not just Manhattan. Who is their pick?  Sal Albanese. 

Disappearing Lanes near Owls Head Park

It has been 2 years since any of the bicycle lanes in Bay Ridge were repainted.  Shore Road and Colonial Road were repainted back in the summer of 2011.  However, it has been longer since other lanes were restriped in the area.

These pictures show the current conditions of Wakeman Place and 68th Street.  At both, the outer marking of the bicycle lane has been worn away and vanished.  Both of these routes provide access to and from Owl's Head Park and the greenway surrounding the north side of the park.  These roads are also the final connector streets in the neighborhood for traffic entering and exiting the Belt Parkway, meaning vehicles are frequent and fast along these roads.

These lanes need to be repainted for safety and traffic calming around the Owls Head Park area.

The Disappearing Bicycle Lane of Wakeman PLace

Wakeman Place Bicycle Lane Vanishes

The Disappearing Bicycle Lane of 68th Street

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

5th Avenue Shared Bicycle Lane

Here it is, the unbelievable and amazing appearance of the 5th Avenue bicycle route, extending from 50th Street to 23rd Street.  Within a 15 minute time span, we saw at least 20 northbound and southbound commuters riding along this road just before 8am.  Men and women, families with children were out on this morning using the freshly painted bicycle route!

This newly designated route doesn't quite extend all the way south to 65th Street and into Bay Ridge, but it is very close.  Perhaps it will be extended when the roadway repairs between 50th and 65th are completed?

The southern-most section of the route between 49th and 50th Street

Along Greenwood Cemetery, a woman passes a man pulling a child-carrier

Continuing northbound near 27th Street

At 23rd Street, the new lane connects with the existing 5th Ave route.