DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN SHARED STREET NETWORK
Working in close collaboration with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the DOT is currently installing a network of Shared Streets within Downtown Brooklyn to support a pedestrian-centric business district. Shared Streets deploy unique street designs that naturally slow traffic and prioritize pedestrians and cyclists while still allowing for local vehicle access for deliveries and pick-ups or drop-offs. This neighborhood network better allocates streets for the majority of its users – pedestrians – to create more welcoming, vibrant public spaces and strengthen the local economy.
This plan builds on several existing Shared Streets on Willoughby and Pearl streets as well as the DOT’s Broadway Vision project to center pedestrians and cyclists along. Under the NYC Streets Plan, DOT will continue exploring the implementation of similar Share Street networks elsewhere. Shared Streets identified for Downtown Brooklyn include:
- Hoyt Street, Fulton and Schermerhorn streets (under implementation)
- Elm Place, Livingston to Fulton streets (under implementation)
- Bridge Street (under implementation)
- Willoughby Avenue expansion (proposed)
- Pearl Street expansion (proposed
- Lawrence Street (proposed)
- Fleet Street (proposed)
- Bond Street (proposed)
DOT is also celebrating Biketober with a series of events to encourage safe cycling. Our Bike the Block program features a series of open-street events focused on bicycle programming, education, rides, and resources. The DOT is organizing street closures within underserved communities, offering programming that promotes fun, sustainable, healthy activities. The events will feature tips for riding, bike repair, bike law education, group bike rides, giveaways and cultural programming. The goal with these events is to expand DOT’s outreach and engagement around Street Improvement Projects, empower communities to reimagine their streets, create a platform for local cycling advocacy, and address barriers to biking. Our Safety Education team will provide free helmet fittings in cooperation with several local Councilmembers and will staff pop-up light and bell giveaways. For more information visit nyc.gov/biketober.
“Schermerhorn Street had been the worst bike lane in Brooklyn for years. Now, we finally have the two way protected bike lane that our community has demanded and that will allow New Yorkers to cycle through Downtown Brooklyn safely and efficiently,” said Lincoln Restler, City Council member. “Thank you to DOT and all the neighbors and advocates who helped us achieve this campaign priority in our first year in office.”
“The Schermerhorn Street bike lane is a long-awaited and welcome improvement to Downtown Brooklyn’s transportation network,” said Regina Myer, president of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “These changes build upon our recently expanded Shared Street network and the recommendations put forward in DBP’s Public Realm Action Plan, which seek to create a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly downtown, and create safer connections to and from Manhattan. Thanks go to NYCDOT for implementing this important work, and we look forward to more to come!”
“The Schermerhorn Street redesign is a monumental improvement in safety for local bike riders and pedestrians,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. “For too long, this area of Brooklyn has been a major site of placard abuse and unsafe driving. We thank DOT Commissioner Rodriguez and his staff for their leadership in tackling this crucial connection point in Brooklyn, and we look forward to seeing similar safe and connected bike infrastructure as part of DOT’s ongoing vision for the city.”
“Residents in neighborhoods with wide streets that aren’t quite suitable for two lanes of car traffic – like much of BedStuy – should look to the new Schemerhorn bike lane as an example that streets can be reconfigured to accommodating to their bike commuting children and neighbors without losing parking, and making cyclists more visible to all pedestrians,” said Courtney Williams, NYC People’s Bike Mayor at The Brown Bike Girl.
“Any time a dangerous street is redesigned to include safer spaces for pedestrians, bike riders, and other vulnerable people on our roads, that’s a good thing,” said Amy Cohen, co-founder of Families for Safe Streets. “We thank Mayor Adams and Commissioner Rodriguez for their work making the Schemerhorn redesign a reality. No death is acceptable on our streets, and we must scale these redesigns citywide.”