New York City’s Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has started to install new bicycle paths and speed humps to improve the access to the Jamaica Bay Greenway on Pennsylvania Avenue. According, to the NYC DOT, the work will be completed by the end of the summer.
This project was developed to safely connect pedestrians and cyclists to waterfront recreational opportunities as part of the Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation Plan (this was approved by Community Board 5 and aims to connect the neigh-borhood to the Jamaica Bay Green-way via Van Siclen and Seaview Avenues). A DOT spokesperson stated, “We will be installing an enhanced pedestrian crosswalk, a barrier protected two-way bicycle path along the west side of Pennsylvania Avenue, and south of Seaview Avenue ap-proaching the Belt Parkway. In addition there will be signs and markings at the westbound parkway entrance, along with bicycle stamps on the west sidewalk of the overpass stretching over to the eastbound parkway entrance.”
Additionally, these new markings will narrow the Van Siclen Avenue roadway and are in conjunction with the new speed humps which were recently install-ed to discourage speeding. The DOT has installed bicycle lanes on Van Siclen Avenue and Seaview Avenue, which will connect to the existing bicycle network.
“These changes on Van Siclen Avenue will minimally affect people in the area; there are no changes to parking or travel lanes as part of this project. Pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers in Spring Creek who use Van Siclen Avenue should find it easier to use or cross the roadway as a result of these changes,” said DOT.
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