By Andrew Martinez
Bicyclists prep your chains and grab your helmets. You’ll soon have the entire Brooklyn and Queensboro bridges to yourself. That’s right – all cars will be banned if Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way.
A new proposal will convert the Queensboro Bridge into a two-way bike-only lane, while the south outer roadway will be turned into a two-way pedestrian-only lane.
Construction on the Queensboro Bridge will begin this year and could be finished by next year.
New Bike Paths for Brooklyn Bridge
The proposal will also replace the innermost lane on the Manhattan bound Brooklyn Bridge with a two way bike lane. It will also give the upper promenade to pedestrians. The outermost north and south lanes will be turned into a two way bike lane and two way pedestrian lane.
This plan is expected to ease congestion on the promenade ,which has seen a 275 percent increase in foot traffic on weekends and a 100 percent increase in bike traffic from 2008 to 2015.
This will hopefully appeal to those who have opted out of public transportation during the coronavirus pandemic as there has been a 55 percent increase in bikers crossing these bridges from 2019 to 2020.
A rendering of the two way bike lanes show they will be eight feet wide and protected by a two foot barrier separating cyclists from the 10 foot car lanes.
For more information on de Blasio’s “Bridges for the people” Plan and a list of his other plans for 2021 you can go to Recoveryforall.nyc.gov