Transit Sunset Park bike lane along Fourth Avenue gets push from DOT commissioner The city plans to accelerate the delayed bike lane on Brooklyn's Fourth Avenue. Photo Credit: Liam Quigley By Liam Quigley email@example.com Updated August 7, 2019 6:25 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Brooklyn's Fourth Avenue bike lane is on a fast track. City Council members were joined by DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and safe streets advocates in Sunset Park Wednesday, where they outlined plans to speed up the implementation of the delayed plan for a parking-protected bike lane on the avenue. The lane currently is only partially finished, forcing cyclists into quick-moving traffic and the dangerous area close to parked cars commonly referred to as the ‘door zone’. “I am a proud New York cyclist, and one of the harder things for me as a cyclist is to be on a beautiful protected bike lane, and then abruptly it ends,” said City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, who represents Sunset Park. The announcement comes as the city grapples with a surge in cycling deaths. Eighteen cyclists have died on city streets in 2019 — eight more than the total cycling fatalities recorded in all of 2018. Of the bicyclists who have died this year, 13 were killed in Brooklyn. The most recent death was that of Em Samolewicz, who had been riding her bicycle on Third Avenue in Brooklyn on July 29th. “How odd is it that the city is saying ‘get out of your cars and go on to your bikes,’ when there are people who are dying at higher rates than the year before?,” the councilman asked as MTA workers labored behind him in the sunny median of Fourth Avenue. Ongoing surface-level construction work by the MTA often makes it impossible to get paint down, according to officials. “And so today the city is responding, and they’re sitting down with us, and they’re trying to figure out how to solve these problems so that we can get the construction completed before the end of the year,” Menchaca added. Commissioner Polly Trottenberg had arrived with a map detailing the expedited bike lane plan. With the stretch between 64th to 60th streets already completed, DOT crews will next wrap up the lane running from 57th to 38th streets by this fall. The three-block span between 60th to 57th streets won't be completed until fall 2020 due to MTA construction in the area. A protected lane from 1st Street to Atlantic Avenue is still under development. “We’re doing a lot of new work with protected cycling all over the city,” Trottenberg said. “Sunset Park is going to be a big area of focus for us." The news of more protected lanes was welcomed by local cyclists, including Elizabeth King, 43, who was riding near Fourth Avenue. “I would feel good about that. There’s a lot of traffic, so you want to be safe on your bike, you have to worry about car doors opening, cars whizzing by, speeding,” she said. The bike lane currently covers 19 blocks, but DOT hopes to finish up most of the remaining sections by the fall, with a couple of trickier spots on hold until at least the fall of 2020. “One of our sayings now is ‘we don’t leave any paint in the can at the end of the year,’” Trottenberg said. Map of bike lanes in NYC (PDF) Map of bike lanes in NYC (Text) By Liam Quigley firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Cyclist killed in Brooklyn; 2019 tally is now 18The 30-year-old cyclist was heading north on Third Avenue in Sunset Park, when she was struck and killed by the driver of a commercial tractor trailer, according to the police department. At least 1 cyclist has died every month this yearThe number of bicyclist deaths so far this year is almost double the number in all of last year. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.