LONG ISLAND CITY — Cyclists might have to wait a little longer for their own space on the Pulaski Bridge.
A plan to add a dedicated bike lane to the span, which connects Long Island City and Greenpoint, has been delayed and will likely not start until 2015, according to Brooklyn Assemblyman Joe Lentol, who has been pushing to see the new path built.
"We're getting it, but it's been delayed until next year," Lentol told DNAinfo.
He blamed the delays on the contracting process.
"The long and short of it is, they're not going to make the construction cycle this year — it's going to get too cold," he said. "We're not going to be able to start construction until it gets warmer."
The website Streetsblog first reported news of the delay.
A Department of Transportation spokesman said the procurement process for the project is underway, and that local stakeholders will get an updated schedule once that process wraps up.
Lentol said he'd initially hoped the bike lane would be installed before the G train was shutdown for five weeks this summer, though that didn't happen.
"But we're going to get it done, and I'm keeping on top of it," the assemblyman said.
Cyclists and pedestrians currently share a narrow 8.5 foot wide pathway across the bridge.
Under the DOT's plan, a lane of Brooklyn-bound traffic would be removed to make way for a protected lane for cyclists. It would be located next to the existing path, which would be converted to a pedestrian-only walkway.