Cutting a path: Pulaski Bridge bike lane finally open • Brooklyn Paper

Cutting a path: Pulaski Bridge bike lane finally open

It is the path of less resistance.

The city finally opened a long-awaited dedicated bike lane over the Pulaski Bridge on Friday, delighting local cyclists who are sick of zigzagging around pedestrians on the dangerous old shared pathway between Greenpoint and Queens.

“I’m psyched for the new lane,” said Greenpointer and cyclist James Walsh. “I won’t have to worry about running into kids.”

The new two-way lane for two-wheelers, which starts at Eagle Street and McGuiness Boulevard, replaced a former Brooklyn-bound car lane on the span. Those commuting by foot will now have the old shared path all to themselves.

Local pedal pushers and pedestrians have been waiting for their own trail for years — the city first announced the project in 2013, with construction expected to wrap up by the end of 2014, but delayed the work multiple times after running into roadblocks trying to balance the lane’s new barriers on the drawbridge.

Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D–Greenpoint) — who has been pushing for the path since 2012 — had prematurely announced it would be ready by the end of 2015, but said he is nonetheless happy that it will finally make life safer for the crowds of commuters traversing the Newtown Creek.

“This could not have come at a better time,” he said. “This bike lane will surely alleviate overcrowding.”

Reach reporter Madeline Anthony by e-mail at manthony@cnglocal.com or by pnone at (718) 260–8321.

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