While motorists will be losing a lane, bicyclists will gain one on West Street. At a Community Board 1 meeting Wednesday night, representatives from the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) said the project will add a raised two-lane bike path on the east side of the street.
The project will also include a planned buffer using stripping lines on the street to help keep bicyclists safer. Along with the path, the project will upgrade the pavement on the street, which should help with flooding and create less stormwater runoff.
“This is feasible to do from a traffic engineering standpoint,” Linda Reardon, a consultant for DDC, told board members. “It will not result in any additional traffic delays.”
Many in the Greenpoint community who are active in the cycling community praised the plan, but some still worried about the impact on the neighborhood.
One resident asked how many parking spots will be eliminated to make way for the dual bike lanes on the east side of the street. When Reardon said that roughly 80 parking spots would no longer be available, some members of the community board groaned in disapproval.
However, Reardon said DDC did a study of the area and is confident it will be able to create new spots that will outnumber the lost spaces by utilizing industrial areas around West Street.
The final proposal is scheduled to be complete and ready for approval in late 2013.