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Pulaski Bridge Bike Lane Plan Moving Forward, Officials Say

 The Pulaski Bridge crossing from Brooklyn to Queens.
The Pulaski Bridge crossing from Brooklyn to Queens.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — The Department of Transportation is moving forward with a plan to bring a bicycle lane to the Pulaski Bridge, a main commuter connection between Brooklyn and Queens, city officials said.

The DOT is in the process of designing the "enhanced bike facility," for the bridge, which it plans to present to Queens Community Board 2 and Brooklyn Community Board 1 by the end of the year, spokesman Seth Solomonow said in a statement.

The transportation blog Streetsblog first reported the news last week.

After Community Board approval, construction of the new lane would begin in "late spring or early summer of 2014," according to a statement by Northern Brooklyn Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, who has been advocating for the plan.

"We have been working on obtaining a dedicated bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge for over a year now and I am happy to say it is finally coming to fruition," Lentol said in a statement on his website.

"The safety of bike riders and pedestrians on the bridge has always been of my utmost concern."

Currently, pedestrians and cyclists are forced to share the same narrow path to cross the Pulaski, which connects Long Island City to Greenpoint.