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City Considering Bike Lane for Pulaski Bridge Connecting Brooklyn to Queens

By Meredith Hoffman | January 3, 2013 1:49pm

GREENPOINT — Bikers pedaling from Brooklyn to Queens may soon get a roomier route — if the city deems a new bike lane fit for the Pulaski Bridge.

The Department of Transportation will announce whether an added bike lane is feasible for the drawbridge this March, said local officials who have pushed for the path.

"They're looking into other examples of drawbridges with bike lanes," said Edward Baker, media coordinator for local Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. "I think they know it's necessary, but they need to find out if it's logistically possible."

The cyclist-only lane would replace one of the three southbound car lanes on the bridge, Baker said, noting that bikers and pedestrians currently share a narrow space to cross the bridge. Cyclists and pedestrians have been fighting for space on the bridge for years, as the transportation blog Streetsblog has reported.

A representative for the Department of Transportation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.