Residents of Williamsburg want more places to park their bikes, especially now that they’ve gotten a taste for what it’s like when the city installs clusters of bike racks near public transportation.
This summer the Department of Transportation added nine bike racks — with room for more than 30 two-wheelers — near the Bedford Avenue L-train station. It was the first time in city history that street parking was sacrificed for bike parking, according to DOT.
Now, neighborhood residents want more — and DOT is listening.
On Monday night, an agency official told Community Board 1 that the city is considering five other sites that the board had suggested, including two more racks near the Bedford station, plus racks near the Nassau Avenue G-train station, the Grand Street L-train station and at Kent Avenue on the waterfront.
More than 2,600 bikes cross the Williamsburg Bridge on a given day, according to a city survey — making the Willy B the city’s business bike thoroughfare.
“It’s one of the most bicycling-intensive neighborhoods in the city,” said Jon Orcutt, a DOT adviser. “So it makes sense for us to do these kinds of projects here.”
CB1’s Transportation Committee will discuss the issue aga
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