QUEENS — Installation of new bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge — a popular link for cyclists traveling between Brooklyn and Queens — was completed late last month, according to the Department of Transportation.
The DOT added a 6-foot-wide bike lane on each side of the span, which crosses Newtown Creek. A 4-foot-wide "buffer lane" was also installed between the bike lanes and traffic lanes as an added protection, the agency said.
Around 600 cyclists a day are estimated to use the bridge, according to the DOT.
"This critical piece of the bike network will now provide a safe connection between Brooklyn and Queens for hundreds of cyclists getting to work, or just enjoying a ride around town," DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a statement.
The installation of the bike lanes required each lane of vehicular traffic to be narrowed by a foot, and one Brooklyn-bound lane of traffic was removed from the center of the bridge, according to the plan.
The DOT is also set to add bike lanes to the Pulaski Bridge this year.