Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ban Bikes on the Brooklyn Bridge?

It's not going to happen anytime soon, but this op-ed in today's New York Times raises some interesting ideas about the ongoing battle between pedestrians and cyclists, and suggests that a protected bike lane be added during the forthcoming road rehabilitation.

As much as I love running over the bridge, it's also - run at your own risk - during the summer months and peak tourist weekends. And especially when it gets crowded and I am running, I spend an inordinate amount of time with my neck getting an extra workout as I look behind me to avoid getting crunched.

I'm not a regular cyclist, but I'd be willing to posit that the Manhattan Bridge bike lane is a much more preferable route of getting into the city (or back into Brooklyn.

Thoughts from those who bike? run? or both? over the bridge?


ChickenUnderwear said...

There just needs to be better signage on the Brooklyn Bridge. Banning Bikes is extreme.

Stuart Alexander said...

I run across the south lane of the Manhattan Bridge. I bike across the north lane of Manhattan Bridge. The only time I cross the Brooklyn Bridge anymore is if I am on a dazed tourist stroll, or the weather is lousy or it is very early or very late. The rest of the time it is too insane. Over-populated.