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Columbia Street Bike Lane: Open for Business

October 11, 2011

We took a ride down to DUMBO on Sunday via the Columbia Street Greenway and I was happy to see the new jersey-barrier-protected bike lane, now fully painted and available to use.  I ride this route all the time, so seeing the finished product was a real-life manifestation of Jan Gehl’s famous quote: “It’s really wonderful to live in a city where every day when you wake up in the morning you realize that the city is a little bit better than yesterday.”

Here’s the view looking up Atlantic Avenue, around the bend to Columbia Street:

Further around the bend onto Columbia Street:

Looking down Columbia Street, the lane runs to Congress Street:

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2 Comments
  1. Dave 'Paco' Abraham permalink
    October 11, 2011 11:00 am

    It is a huge improvement for sure… though Pier 6 still deserves a grander entrance to the park, like with a big fountain meeting place or something. The fact that truck traffic wasn’t diverted to a Congress Street entrance is a bit puzzling. Also… as nice as the path is… it must just be a baby step, because the jersey barrier separated green paint ends at Congress and then bikes/peds again have to mix dangerously since DOT has refused to put in a light or crosswalk at the intersection. Baby steps.

  2. October 11, 2011 11:18 am

    Agreed. But hopefully this small step will drive enough bike traffic that the need for further improvements will become impossible to ignore. If you build it, they will come, and you’ll need to build more.

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