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Brooklyn Bridge Park bike path to open next week

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The once-industrial waterfront between Old Fulton Street in DUMBO and Atlantic Avenue has finally been transformed into a long-awaited bike and pedestrian path in Brooklyn Bridge Park, offering all-new waterfront views and, more importantly, a buffer between cyclists and their motorized nemeses.

The two-way artery connects Pier 1 and Pier 6 — winding through the planned 1.3-mile, $350-million park — and give cyclists rare views of the East River.

The path also offers an alternative to the busy, one-way Furman Street.

“It will help us and pedestrians navigate our ongoing construction,” said Ellen Ryan, spokeswoman for the city-owned park and waterfront development. “This is a really scenic and beautiful part of the park that they’ll enjoy.”

The path is also the next phase of the 14-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway project — essentially a borough-circling greenway idealized in 1993. The 15-block access serves as an interim connection between the bike lane that currently ends at Columbia Street and Atlantic Avenue, just south of Pier 6, and continue on past Pier 1 at the foot of Old Fulton Street to York and Front streets, all the way to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and up to Greenpoint.

In addition to the bike path, the remainder of Pier 1 — pathways leading to water gardens, a non-motorized boat ramp and more green space — has opened to the public. But remember, bikes have to be dismounted once inside the boundaries of Pier 1, which is made clear by signage.

The interim bike path was first spotted by our pals at Brownstoner, though we’re there every day, too.

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Reader Feedback

jimbo from Cobble Hill says:
You should really try and use bike AND pedestrian path in headline of this and future articles. No sense giving the cyclists even more of a sense of entitlement than they already have. Ever try to walk across the Manhattan Bridge on the pedestrian walkway? Too many bicycles! Are they stupid? Or is it something else? Personally I've had it. If it weren't for the cars stopping at red lights, there would be no way to cross the street. Hey cyclists, Share the Road!
Aug. 21, 2010, 9:53 pm
Adam from Park Slope says:
I hear you Jimbo. I see a lot of pedestrians on the bicycle only side as well. I think it has to do with people using the side that is closest to where they are trying to get to. There are rude cyclists, pedestrians and drivers and always will be. I think the best we can do is all try to be more aware and considerate what ever the mode of transportation we choose.
Aug. 21, 2010, 10:45 pm
Tmus from Windsor Terrace says:
All of us need to respect each other. But while we pass judgement so readily on the bike traffic on the Manhattan bridge, let's look at the behaviour of pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge. There is no reason bikers and pedestrians shouldn't co-exist with respect for the enjoyment each has from their respective activity. Polarizing the conversation with a 'what about me' starting point only serves to further alienate each other and exacerbate the problems of each.
Aug. 22, 2010, 2:24 am
jimbo from Cobble Hill says:
Most of the pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge are tourists, and are fairly clueless to the rules. Cyclists seem determined to ride as fast as possible even when the bridge is teeming with pedestrians. 100 peds for every cycle. Who cares! Just another example of their growing sense of entitlement. No evaluating the situation. A lot of tourists on the bridge? Maybe I should ride a bit slower? No way! Outta my way, f**k you. That's what goes down most of the time. I think the cyclists should be banned from the boardwalk and made to navigate the roadway below. Wanna ride really fast? Go ahead. Dance with the cars, see where it gets you.
Aug. 22, 2010, 3:33 pm
mike from GP says:
Jimbo: instead of complaining about the bad behavior of a few bicyclists, why don't you... hmm, I dunno, do something perhaps? Like concentrate your energies on the the common enemy of bicyclists and pedestrians: car drivers. We're fighting over scraps here, and that shouldn't be the case.
Aug. 23, 2010, 12:46 am
jimbo from Cobble Hill says:
I see the common enemy of both pedestrian and cars as bicycles. Sorry, it not just the bad behavior of a few bicyclists.

I saw a group of European tourists riding rented bikes a few weeks ago. They were all stopped at a traffic light at Foley Square, waiting for it to turn green. Imagine!

Same day crossing a street with 50 other people and a bicyclist comes roaring through the cross walk whistling for everyone to get out of his way. Not hard to imagine at all. It happens every day.
Aug. 23, 2010, 4:32 pm
Cyclist from Brooklyn says:
Hey Jimbo:

FYI, some of us non-European NY cyclists also stop at traffic lights.
Aug. 25, 2010, 12:12 pm

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