CB2 committee OKs traffic-reversal, bike lane on Bond St.

Their word is Bond: Panel OKs traffic-reversal, bike lane on Downtown street

Green all the way: This slightly crude mock-up shows a cyclists on the proposed new bike path along Bond Street. We’re working on getting a better version.
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A city plan to connect up bike lanes on DeKalb Avenue and Schermerhorn Street — and reverse traffic on a block of Bond Street so riders can roll seamlessly between the two — will be a boon for local cyclists and get them off busy lane-free Downtown streets, said members of a local panel on Thursday.

“I think it’s great,” said Community Board 2 transportation committee member Hilda Cohen. “This is going to bring a lot more cyclists who are currently using Fulton Mall onto Schermerhorn Street.”

Committee members voted 9–2 in favor of the Department of Transporta­tion’s plan to change the traffic flow on Bond Street between Livingston and Schermerhorn streets, and install a parking-adjacent bike lane on DeKalb Avenue from Flatbush Avenue Extension to Bond Street, and then a curbside one along Bond Street to Schermerhorn Street.

Bond Street flows directly off Dekalb Avenue and crosses Schermerhorn Street, but there is currently no lane between the two and riders hit “Do not enter” signs a block beforehand at Livingston Street, where the one-way street reverses direction and traffic becomes Downtown-bound.

Cyclists currently either have to take an alternate route, or ride illegally against traffic for that last block, said the man with the plan.

“There is this gap in the network we wanted to be able to improve upon,” said bike-lane honcho Hayes Lord told. “Cyclists are now going contra-flow for one block to be able access Schermerho­rn.”

Some committee members worried the change will be a waste of time because construction workers erecting a hulking new building on that block of Bond Street obstruct the road with trucks and equipment, while others were concerned that drivers will just park over the new lanes anyway. But the majority supported the proposal, and it passed with minimal fuss.

The plan will now move onto the full community board, which will vote on it at a Feb. 8 meeting.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

two wheels, four eyes says:
"Some people might break the law in the future so we shouldn't even try to make an improvement." That's logical.
Jan. 21, 2017, 10:55 am
Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Hgts says:
I wish you'd provided a map.
Jan. 22, 2017, 11:53 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about cyclists just take extra time to leave rather than have to redesign directions of streets, though that does mean that they can't screw around with motorists?
Jan. 22, 2017, 4:06 pm
ItsEasyBeingGreen from Sunset Park says:
@Tal Barzilai, why should people moving under their own power have to put in extra work? Walking and cycling should be the most convenient modes, not the least convenient.
Jan. 23, 2017, 9:11 am
Lisa from Park Slope says:
I am thrilled for the bikers, but what about people like me who travel on a foot powered push scooter? We would also like a lane for our travels. Push scooting is almost never seen on downtown streets because of the dangers of the streets.
Jan. 23, 2017, 9:15 am
Blmanhatman from Nubrucklyn says:
@talbarzilai go back to Westchester or some backwater town.
It's time to reinforce the bike lanes around Brooklyn.
Jan. 23, 2017, 9:15 am
Craig from Bushwick says:
This isn't just about "taking extra time", it's about connecting two segments of bike lanes so you can safely get between the two. Network connectivity is important for folks on bikes, and the impact to drivers is negligible.

Lisa: on wide bikeways, or those with a buffer, I'm sure your scooter would be accommodated, as long as swifter cyclists can safely pass around you.
Jan. 23, 2017, 10:06 am
Dave from Brooklyn says:
@ Tal Barzilai

This safety improvement doesn't disrupt car traffic at all but you wouldn't know that because you haven't ever left your parent's suburban basement.
Jan. 23, 2017, 12:15 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Seeing all these bike zealots gang up on me like that shows who are the real trolls here.
Jan. 23, 2017, 3:26 pm
Furture Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
"Hmmm... maybe it's not them, but maybe it's me!"
Jan. 23, 2017, 3:51 pm
Feminist from Brooklyn says:
Typical that a bunch of men would be here trying to discuss a topic that affects women so much. Cars are typically feminine, and men see bicycles as an extension of their manhood (you know which part). There you MEN go, trying to insert your bicycles into what many women feel is a safe space for them. Traditionally women have seen cars as more than just a means of transportation, but as a sysmbol for women's rights. In a country that is ruled by a man, where women earn 10 cents for every dollar a man does, how can you justify stiking your man-bikes in our car lane???
Jan. 24, 2017, 7:48 am
LOL from Brooklyn says:
@ Feminist from Brooklyn

You forget to mark your account as parody
Jan. 24, 2017, 9:34 am
Dave from Brooklyn says:
Tal, in all seriousness were you beaten as a child by a cyclist? Where does this anger come from?
Jan. 24, 2017, 3:51 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Dave, I have nothing against cyclists, I just don't think they should get something special. In real life, many do want them to follow the traffic laws, but your kind refuses to do that in claiming that the rules don't apply to you. Perhaps, you are angry about the fact that I put you between a rock and a hard place in that you can't seem to use blanket statements only and then resort to making personal attacks at those who don't share your views not to mention call for censorship when nobody is doing that to do. BTW, whatever you say about my claim towards cyclists, I can easily say about your claim towards motorists. On a side note, stop trying to use alter egos and impersonations to attack me such as they one you did yesterday after my last comment, which really shows how low you can really go.
Jan. 24, 2017, 4:14 pm
Samir Kabir from downtown says:
Great! Now cyclists can run over pedestrians even more effectively.
Jan. 25, 2017, 7:08 am
Tyler from pps says:
Dave - The fact is that Tal lives in the basement of his mom's house adjacent to a golf course. He's received many golf balls to the head over the years. It's bound to have an effect.
Jan. 25, 2017, 11:32 am
NN from Boerum Hill says:
This is a really good change. I always wondered why that one stretch of Bond went the wrong way. Thank you Hilda Cohen and CB2!
Jan. 25, 2017, 3:23 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
As usual, Tyler shows that the nature of bike zealots is to make personal attacks otherwise known as trolling.
Jan. 25, 2017, 3:32 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Just letting Dave know. He may have been unaware.
Jan. 25, 2017, 5:38 pm
Dave from Brooklyn says:

Seek help from trained professionals.
Jan. 26, 2017, 4:51 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Dave, I feel that you are describing yourself, not me. Other than that, I never saw the reason to why cyclists need a special infrastructure to getting around when they can just follow the traffic laws like anyone else who uses the streets. I feel that the city can spend the money on things that serve more of the population rather than just a select group. Even with bike lanes, there are a number of cyclists who believe that it's a get out of traffic laws free card when it really isn't. On a side note, you have to stop with the personal attacks and downplaying, because it doesn't help your cause at all, plus those such as myself just see you guys as nothing more than whacko attackos who only seem to know to dish criticism while being unable to take it. Sometimes to make you guys understand about others, you need to be kicked off your high horses or in this case bicycles and be brought back down to earth. Honestly, downplaying the opposition is just another attack I consider for the weak and cowardly especially when you don't have anything to back your claim except for blanket statements. For the record, asking for cyclists to follow traffic laws isn't a call for wanting them off the road, just asking them to behave and act more responsibly.
Jan. 27, 2017, 4:02 pm
Adrian Horczak from Queens, NY says:
This bike lane connection will make it much safer for cyclists to get around without having to illegally travel against the traffic on Bond St. Separating slower bicycle traffic from cars will also improve driving conditions. So glad this is happening!
Feb. 5, 2017, 2:30 pm
Ryan from Cobble Hill says:
Tal actually serves a really valuable purpose … he is so committed to trolling any and all cycling news that googling his name and sorting by date finds all of the interesting news that NYC cyclists would want to know about.
Feb. 7, 2017, 10:55 am

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