LONG ISLAND CITY — Cyclists, rejoice: the protected bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge will finally open this week, city officials said.
The Department of Transportation is wrapping up work on the project and expects to officially unveil the bike lane sometime in the next several days, a spokesman for the agency said.
Plans for the route have been under way for years, as the bridge has become an increasingly popular span for cyclists traveling between Brooklyn and Queens. The number of people riding bikes over the bridge on weekdays increased more than 100 percent between 2008 and 2013, the DOT found.
Cyclists currently share a pathway over the bridge with pedestrians. The new two-way bike lane will be located next to this existing shared path, and a Brooklyn-bound lane of traffic was removed to make way for it.
Though the bike lane may look finished — several cyclists have already documented their travels on it via Twitter, as the website Streetsblog noted earlier this week — the DOT asks that riders continue to obey posted signs and use the existing shared lane until it's officially open.
Brand new segregated bike lane on the Pulaski bridge. pic.twitter.com/jcgKQuovCv— Nick Fountain (@nickfountain) April 24, 2016