Last month, Community Board 3 approved a resolution asking the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to look at installing a protected two-way bike lane on Chrystie Street. A DOT representative told members of CB3’s transportation committee that the agency was amenable to making changes on the heavily traveled stretch leading to and from the Manhattan Bridge. This week, the Transportation Department made it official, confirming to the board that a study of the artery is in the works.
For many months, a local bike advocate, Dave “Poco” Abraham, has been campaigning for changes on Chrystie Street, where faded lines and heavy truck traffic make conditions treacherous for cyclists. The city is preparing to pave the area alongside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, so it’s an ideal time to look at street redesign. DOT has agreed to hold visioning sessions in the community to solicit feedback about the potential redesign.
The community board resolution was reinforced by a letter of support from State Sen. Daniel Squadron. “It’s great that DOT is doing the study,” he said. “I look forward to working with DOT, the community board and the community to continually improve street safety.”
For more on this topic, have a look at Streetsblog’s previous coverage.