Proposed Changes to Improve Pedestrian Access
Expand the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian PathFor a Safer Shared Space!
Council Members Brad Lander, Margaret Chin and Stephen Levin
Tourism, biking and walking aredramatically increasing in the city. Theseusers have filled the Brooklyn Bridge
elevated path beyond capacity, making itdifficult to traverse the bridge on foot oron bike comfortably and safely.
The Bridge’s Pathway is Heavily Used
An average of 4,000 pedestrians and3,100 bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridgeevery day according to DOT counts.
Aone-time 12 hour study from May 2010conducted by DOT counted a total of 15,000 pedestrians using the pathway.
The main portion of the pedestrian/bikepath has a width that varies betweeneight and sixteen feet, and cannotcomfortably handle these volumes evenwith better management of the space.
The Brooklyn Bridge’s
shared pedestrian/cycle pathneeds serious improvement. It is time to expand the path.
The city needs to expand the pedestrian/bike path out over the existing roadways. This requirescreating a dedicated bike lane north of the current path, and creating additional pedestrian space onthe south side of the path. This plan would triple the amount of pedestrian space and would notreduce the number of lanes for drivers.
Improve Safety by Tripling the Amount of Pedestrian Space
PHOTO CREDIT: SETH ULLMAN