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More Bike Lanes Could Be Rolling Into Park Slope

By Leslie Albrecht | December 13, 2016 7:30am
 DOT will unveil plans for a bike lane on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope at the Dec. 15 Community Board 6 meeting.
DOT will unveil plans for a bike lane on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope at the Dec. 15 Community Board 6 meeting.
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PARK SLOPE — One of the neighborhood's busiest streets could finally be getting a bike lane.

The Department of Transportation will present plans Thursday for a bike lane on Seventh Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and 15th Street.

The new lane would be painted onto the existing street and most likely won't involve the loss of any street parking, said Brooklyn Community Board 6 transportation committee chair Eric McClure. DOT will present its plans at the CB6 transportation committee's Thursday night meeting.

From Flatbush Avenue to Carroll Street, the lane would be a "Class III Path," the type of bike lane marked with a symbol called a "sharrow" to indicate that bikes and cars share the lane, according to the CB6 agenda. Between Carroll and 15th street, the new bike lane would be a "Class II path" — a separate lane for bikes marked by white lines painted on the road.

"I think people will be happy to see it," said McClure, who is also a streets safety activist with StreetsPAC. "There’s definitely lots of riding on Seventh Avenue especially with Citi Bike in the neighborhood now."

DOT did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

The bike-sharing service Citi Bike arrived in Park Slope and other Community Board 6 neighborhoods in August, delighting cyclists and angering some locals who felt the Citi Bike docking stations were dropped into their neighborhoods without warning and ate up too many street parking spots. DOT moved some docking stations after feedback from residents.

Park Slope has a bike lane on Fifth Avenue and a "protected" bike path, where parked cars act as a buffer between cyclists and vehicles, on Prospect Park West. That lane was the subject of a court battle that dragged on for five years before the plaintiffs finally dropped it earlier this year.

The Community Board 6 transportation committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Hall of Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St.


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