Greenpoint Becoming More Bicycle Friendly?

October 9, 2007 by
Filed under: Area 51 

Anyone who lives north of India Street can attest that the city has been quite busy resurfacing the streets lately. Even lowly Freeman Street got a makeover.

Freeman Street

Being a die hard pedestrian I might be wrong, but this looks like an attempt to make this neighborhood a little more bicycle friendly. Now if only the city would make some of the bicyclists hereabouts a little friendlier by forcing them to dismount their bikes when they cross the Pulaksi Bridge.

Miss Heather


4 Comments on Greenpoint Becoming More Bicycle Friendly?

  1. dupreciate on Tue, 9th Oct 2007 10:22 am
  2. Confession: I bike over the Pulsaki. But I always keep a pretty slow speed, and if I ever get stuck behind people, I ask to squeeze by as nicely as possible. I realize that peds have the right of way (because of the signage) so I’m just trying to be polite and go unnoticed before someone loses it and jams an umbrella in my spokes.

    Someday I’ll man up and use the car lanes to cycle over (certain death). The best option would be to sacrifice a lane right next to the pedestrian path for 2-way bike traffic, separated by drop-in concrete barriers. They could do it overnight. The traffic coming onto that bridge is 2 lanes anyway, and because idiots refuse to drive over it at any less than 88mph, it rarely has traffic problems.

    Walking across just adds so much time to the commute (over the 59th and back down to midtown), and walking alongside WITH a bike makes you a great impact target for people ON bikes.

    So yeah, sorry about that. I’m not trying to mow you down on purpose, at least.

  3. missheather on Tue, 9th Oct 2007 11:58 am
  4. All I ask is to dismount. The only reason I cross the Pulaski is to go to Creek and Cave. I go to Creek and Cave to eat Mexican food because our neighborhood is becoming Thai Food HELL. Have mercy on an old broad who wants little more than a taco (or two) and perhaps a margarita. 😉

  5. dupreciate on Tue, 9th Oct 2007 12:12 pm
  6. Agreed, C&C is a great getaway spot. They’re so friendly, too.

    If someone on a bike yells for you to move or starts jamming on their bell, stick an umbrella in their spokes.

  7. addrobinson on Wed, 10th Oct 2007 11:03 am
  8. I will gladly walk my bike over that bridge, but only when pedestrians start looking at me on my bike just as they would a car and not jaywalk right in my path. Everytime time this happens I want to run them over out of spite just so they will think twice before jaywalking next time.

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