Williamsburg Bridge Bike Lanes

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Ahead Of L Train Shutdown, Advocates Call For Bike Lanes To, From Williamsburg Bridge

June 20, 2018 - 1:51 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Some L Train riders are calling for a protected bike lane to and from the Williamsburg Bridge, as they worry about how they will get back and forth between Brooklyn and Manhattan when their line is shut down next year.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported Wednesday, it has been dubbed the “bike train.” To the accompaniment of the O’Jays’ “Love Train,” cyclists from all over the city joined hands to get ready for the L Train shutdown.

They were joined Wednesday morning by Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

“We’re going to create a very safe and protected bike path all the way through Bushwick through Grand Street on Williamsburg, over the bridge to Delancey Street, and then up across the East Village and the West Village,” Trottenberg said.

Riders are urging the City Council to get on board.

“The Department of Transportation is expecting a 300 percent increase in bike commuting, so that’s what they’re planning for,” said Phil Leff, a volunteer with Transportation Alternatives.

The cyclists rode over the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan to drop off 16,000 signed petitions in support of two-way, parking-protected bike lanes on 13th Street in Manhattan, and Grand Street in Brooklyn.

The L Train is set to be closed between Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the terminal at Eighth Avenue and 14th Street for 15 months beginning in April of next year.