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Is a Bike Lane Right for 15th Street?

Last week, the DOT revealed their plans for 15th Street and Bartel-Pritchard Square. Now it’s time for you to weigh in.

If you’re a biker, pedestrian or a car enthusiast you probably have an opinion about driving up Prospect Park West, making a right into the traffic circle and then taking a right onto 15th Street.

The Department of Transportation has , some of them already in motion like the new light at 15th Street. But the question for today concerns the DOT’s plans for making .

Starting at Bartel-Pritchard Square to Eighth Avenue, there will be a shared bike lane, which means drivers and bikers share the same space. But once past Eighth to Third Avenue, the bike lane and the car lane become separated by painted lines.

Under the proposed plan the 35-foot road will be cut into sections: a 9-foot parking lane on the north side, an 11-foot moving car lane next to it, a 5-foot painted bike lane and then a 10-foot parking space on the south side for cars. 

The bike lane on 15th Street will be installed on the left-hand side, the south side, to avoid any conflicts between bikers and buses while making a right-hand turn onto 15th Street.

So, what do you guys think? One commenter on the original article last week said: “More bike lanes please!!!! Why isn't the one on 15th going to be separated from cars? There's enough space to make it really safe.”

Make sure to vote in the poll below!

Millie Caputo June 26, 2012 at 01:50 PM
LOL.. funny comment but I get your point..
Charlie June 26, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Almost getting run over by a biker is annoying. Actually getting run over by a car is deadly and it happens every 2.5 days in NYC, on average. Cars are already running-a-muck all over NYC, killing and injuring thousands. We're talking about paint on a road. Why the freakout?
Charlie June 26, 2012 at 01:54 PM
What a concept! Drivers waiting for their turn in traffic!
Mike June 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
The should NOT be a bike lane along Prospect Park West, and there should NOT be one on 15th street. I am an avid rider would would never ride the PPW bike lane., it's not very well thought out. Making the middle lane in the park strictly a bike lane is correct think to do. Now that the new bike lane is in the park is open they should pave PPW (it needs it badly) and go back to the way it was before. As a cyclist who rides in excess of 100 miles per week around the city and in the park why would anybody ride along 6 ave? It's beyond logic.
Parksloper June 26, 2012 at 03:19 PM
"Why the freakout?" Because the city is already congested enough without the added nightmare of bikers/bike lanes in their way. Cars are important to the city. Bikes not so much. Take the train, walk or ride a bus.
Charlie June 26, 2012 at 03:41 PM
"Take the train, walk or ride a bus." Sounds like good advice for all the drivers who selfishly clog our streets with their cars and cause our buses to get stuck in traffic.
Chicken Underwear June 26, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Of course cars are important. But how is a bike lane on 14/15 Streets a "nightmare"? Thare are alread one lane roads. All the bike lane will do as ask dirvers to drive to one side of that lane so that bikes can have a little space. Often that little bike is replacing the giant road cloging car.
Charlie June 26, 2012 at 04:14 PM
This isn't even a bike lane that takes away a lane of traffic. 15th street is already supposed to be one lane, so this is just paint to show people where they belong. If you oppose paint which drivers can still double park on or drive in you're just an irrational bike hater.
parkslopeluv June 26, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I love to ride my bike but i am against all bike lanes.This is New York.After all this time why are we trying to turn it into some quaint European city? This is what happens when politicians get desperate for votes and can't leave well enough alone.Putting a bike lane along Prospect Park where you can ride to your heart's content...how ridiculous.
Chicken Underwear June 26, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Mike, You know the lane in the Park is one way.
Chicken Underwear June 26, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Parksloeluv You know the lane in the Park is one way. Not really communter friendly.
Millie Caputo June 26, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Bikes do not belong on the same streets as cars, I think it is too dangerous, I agree, walk or take a train or bus. Horse & buggy may be an option! It would create new jobs for the sanitation department..
Jim June 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
"This is what happens when politicians get desperate for votes and can't leave well enough alone" THE HORROR!!!! A politician doing what the majority of people want. He should be strung up. We want and need politicians that don't give a shit what the people of this city want. And change??? NEVER. Things should stay exactly the same way forever because nothing good ever happens when we do things differently.
Charlie June 26, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Good to know politicians are wising up to what most of us already know: the majority of Brooklyn residents approve of bike lanes.
poppy June 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
i disagree we people of brooklyn dont want any bike lanes move to new jersey, and ride all you want. blum-bug is doing what, a dope of dot wants get rid of cars and make everone on bikes this will change once this bum dictator is out, he has done nothing for this city do the math 2 million cars 50 thousand bikes yet we are catering to rich yippes who move here go back to where you came from people of brooklyn are tired of your phony condos
Chicken Underwear June 26, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Poppy can you please explain to me how the bike lanes make it harder for you to drive? I actually drive my car a lot more than I ride my bike and I like to know where the bike are supposed to be. It is not a big deal.
poppy June 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM
they have remove from 2 lanes to one lane on many many roads 9st used to be 2 lanes now its one, south street in nyc from 2 lanes to one i use this street and one lane cars are going to the right of you cutting you off buses are parked making you drive in the center crossing double yellow lines very very hard to drive on this and did we forget making 2 lanes to one on ft hamtion parkway so ambulances cant get past the list gos on an on i was allmost run over by bikers speeding down my block at 10pm at night 3 at a time my block is a up block and they have removed thousands of parking spaces
Chicken Underwear June 26, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Wow, that is a lot of words. But, have you heard of the traffic engineering concept of excess-capacity. It applied to PPW when it was three lanes wide. Because it had so many lanes people tended to speed and weave in and out of he extra lanes. I drive on it all the time and usually get from Unions to 15th St at a steady 25 mph. It used to be that one would weave past a slow car and get to 35 mph just to stop at a light. This change is actually for the better as a driver. and have they "removed thousands of parking spaces" I did not know that. But I call them "free places to leave my personal property on public land". So I don't feel so bad when I have to take an extra minute to find one.. and that thing you are referring to on Ft Hamilton Pky. That was all about the fact that some entitled community members would not stop double parking.
Charlie June 26, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Move to New Jersey and drive all you want.
ScottRAB June 26, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Your discomfort is understandable, but by law most streets are open to cyclist.
ScottRAB June 26, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I'm not clear on why the parking lanes are being made so wide. 8 ft is quite adequate for most vehicles. 35 feet would easily accomodate a 8' parking/11' auto/7' bike/8' parking layout. A seven foot bike lane is the platinum width, but the same space could be divided into a 5 ft lane with a 2 ft buffer next to the parked cars to avoid dooring.
Gary June 26, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Bikes are entitled to a space in the road and it makes it clearer and safer for everyone if each type of street user has a designated area. I'm sorry if drivers don't like to share the road with bikes; bikes would generally rather not have to deal with speeding multi-ton vehicles either (hence the popularity of PPW and other protected bike lanes). Best we all show each other some respect and curtsey on the road.
Christine June 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Right on!!! PPW is a mess with this stupid configuration. Money would have been better spent on paving roads. Bikers should ride in the park.
Parksloper June 27, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Chicken Underwear Not just the 14/15 street lane but everywhere. Bikes cut in and out of traffic and hardly ever follow the rules of the road thereby making it more dangerous for everyone. This city is not cut out for bike lanes. Heck, ya'll are taking your life in your hands when riding a bike in the City. Sad to see so many deaths and there will be a lot more once these bike rentals are installed.
Chicken Underwear June 27, 2012 at 01:15 AM
But these lanes will make it easier to ride safely. Should we stop building roads because drivers double park? Should we stop making cell phones because people use them when driving? Should we close schools because kids don't all do well?
Ashley June 27, 2012 at 02:01 AM
This is a great plan. We need more bike lanes. Preferably protected.
Benjamin Kintisch June 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Bike lanes make it safer to bike and safer to drive. When I bike I want a lane so I feel safer. When I drive I prefer driving on a road where there is a bike lane - that way I can know where to expect to see cyclists.
Ken June 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
A few quick notes... Prospect Park bike lanes are one way...then paint a line down the middle and make them 2 way. (See how easy that was). 15th and 14th Streets are wide streets...actually, 15th Street between Bartel-Pritchard Square and 8th Avenue is as narrow as any normal street. True, it gets wider below 8th Avenue, but 14th Street is "narrow" all the way. It's true that I park my car on "public land", but I pay a registration fee, gasoline taxes, insurance, etc. for the right to do so. So far, bicycles pay nothing. In a lot of places (Canada, Florida, to name 2) you must have license plates on bicycles. This would be a good idea. And last(ly), a lot of cyclists are not very good operators. (True, you can say the same for auto drivers). I have driven a lot of miles in my 73 years, and I have ridden a bicycle a lot of miles, too. My age and health do not allow me to ride a bicycle anymore, and I do miss it. (But I would never ride on a city street with cars...that's insanity!) However, if I could, and had to go a distance (say the airport or another city) going by bicycle would be impractical. A bicycle is mostly for recreational use. OK, so some of you go to work on it...but probably not in the pouring rain or snow, etc. Look, cars are here to stay. Maybe bikes are too, but the car and truck are now necessary. Stop all the nonsense. Keep bikes and cars away from each other. It's a disaster waiting to happen.
loren June 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I am not against bike lanes, I am against the way the bike lane was constructed on PPW. But that isn't the main point ... is this what we should be spending money on? How many millions did they spend on the newly constructed pedesterian things on PPW? When we still have homeless? When our schools are a freaking mess? When our animals suffer in one of the worst, most under funded shelter systems in the country? A shelter system that is an embarrassment to New York? Bike lanes are great, but they should be way down the priority list after people, kids and animals.
O'Brien June 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM
You're right Loren - in this day and age of budget cuts and homeless people, let's not spend money on public pools, parks, or road repair! Why, they're spending over half a BILLION dollars to fix the Brooklyn Bridge. In a world of dying puppies and uneducated kids, we should definitely not be spending a single dollar on anything else.

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