The cycling death this week of Bushwick DJ Zack Xochil Fortune was a sad reminder of how bike-unfriendly Brooklyn can be. But in recent weeks, there’s been a major push to make the streets safer for cyclists, starting with a proposal to build a wider bike lane on Crown Heights’ Franklin Avenue, and today’s news that the Department of Transportation wants to create a new bike lane directly connecting Clinton Hill to Ridgewood, Queens.
According to DNAinfo, the DOT recently approached Community Board 1 (Greenpoint, Williamsburg) with a proposal to paint a 5.1-mile long bike lane on Flushing Avenue starting at Classon Avenue and ending at Woodward Avenue. The lanes would join pre-existing paths on Flushing. Per the proposal, this new bike lane would not involve the removal of any parking and would consist of both shared bike and driving lanes and separate biking lanes involving three feet of protection for cyclists.
With its many bike-loving constituents, CB1 appears to be on board and voiced their support for the proposal. If all goes as planned, the new bike lane could be completed before the end of summer.
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