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City transit reps presented designs for a protected bike lane along the Flatbush Avenue border of Prospect Park at a closed-doors meeting in Borough Hall on Wednesday.

The two-way bike lane will be painted onto the western, southbound side of Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza and Empire Boulevard where it borders Brooklyn’s Backyard — opposite the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — with both north and southbound lanes stretching to four feet wide, according to members of multiple stakeholder groups invited to attend the meeting, which was not open to press.

The bike lanes will be situated between two three-foot-wide buffers separating cyclists from the sidewalk on one side and a row of parked cars on the other, which will offer protection from traffic on the busy thoroughfare.

The new bicycling infrastructure will require axing a northbound driving lane, but city transit honchos plan on suspending parking on the east-side of Flatbush Avenue from 7–10 am on weekdays to revive the lost travel lane during the morning rush.

Community members in attendance at the sneak-peek preview meeting praised the new bike lane, although some local transit honchos argued the cycling paths should be widened to accommodate future bike traffic, which can only be expected to grow as Brooklyn becomes a friendlier place to cyclists.

“I would like it to be a couple feet wider,” said Eric McClure, chairman of Community Board 6’s Transportation Committee. “We should be planning for the New York City of 10 years from now, when we’ll have many more people riding bikes.”

And there’s a concern about illegal, overnight truck parking that plagues the thoroughfare through the park, a perennial issue that city law enforcement has yet to solve, according to a member of bike advocacy group Transportation Alternatives.

“You get a lot of 18 wheeler trucks that park there, and the city hasn’t offered any solution for that,” said Dulcie Canton

“My big issue is the big trucks that park overnight,” said Stanley Greenberg.

The city’s plans for the Flatbush Avenue bike lane will be officially unveiled within the coming months at meetings of both community boards 6 and 9, according to Alana Morales, a spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation.

The Flatbush Avenue bike lane will feature as a key aspect of the city’s master plan to ring Prospect Park with protected bike lanes.

Prospect Park West is currently the only roadway bordering the park with a protected bike lane, but the city discussed plans for another protected bike lane on the Ocean Avenue border at a meeting of the Prospect Park Community Committee in March, which will be constructed as part of perimeter enhance project expected to finish in fall 2021, and will be installed atop a 30-foot-wide sidewalk there.

Flatbush Avenue is currently undergoing a similar perimeter improvement project, featuring repaved sidewalks, along with new benches, lighting, and fences, which was substantially delayed after the city’s chosen contractor suffered serious setbacks, and at times failing to show up for work, although the Parks Department now contends that construction is back on track and expected to be completed sometime this summer.

The bike lane project will follow this fall and is expected to be completed fairly quickly, with the work mainly consisting of applying paint to asphalt, according to Stanley Greenberg, a member of the Prospect Park Community Committee.

Locals are still waiting to hear the city’s plans for Prospect Park Southwest and Parkside Avenue, which remain the only roadways bordering the park where bike lane designs haven’t been discussed.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 4:35 pm, April 26, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Old Timer from Brooklyn Heights says:
So the city bans cars from Prospect Park and then proposes a bike lane outside of the park. Why can't the bikes use the park rather than take up a lane in the street? Sheer lunacy!
April 27, 2019, 11:59 am
Young and taking over says:
Sorry Old Timer, your fossilized thinking is no longer valid in a modern world. Don't worry, you'll be dead soon.
April 27, 2019, 12:23 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Nothing sounds better than to live in a democracy and hear that your elected officials, who are getting paid to represent us, are having Closed Door Meetings. Though Democrats and Republicans may sing a different tune their music is all the same. Oh, Young and Taking over, I agree with old-timer and it's you who have your head in the sand and actually think you will benefit from this someday. When will you learn that even though our political leaders sound like they're giving you something; ever wonder what connection these leaders have to the companies they're subcontracting this work to? .....Wake up.
April 27, 2019, 1:16 pm
Young and taking over says:
Sorry Bob from Gerritsen Beach, your fossilized thinking is no longer valid in a modern world. Don't worry, you'll be dead soon too.
April 27, 2019, 2:28 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Sorry Young and Taking over, my mistake. I actually thought I was responding to a person that had the ability to gather enough words to make a comprehensive and coherent paragraph. Instead you've displayed your lack of capacity to act like an adult. But then again you said you were young but I didn't realize That young. Time to go home to mommy.
April 27, 2019, 9:13 pm
Young and taking over says:
You'll be dead in a year or too and nobody will care. Then we will fix all the damage your generation has done. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 8:03 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
If that photo is what it looks like now, then anything is better than that mess.
April 28, 2019, 9:36 am
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Young and taking over, if I have to rely on people like you that can't even spell the numerical word TWO correctly then yeah I think I'd prefer not to be around when people like you "attempt to fix the damage". Oh, those " are called quotes. Incidentally nobody gets out in this world alive but some people void of any intellect or purpose such as you died years before they're put in the ground. If my suspicions are correct I suspect you would prefer any communication with any human even if they refer to you in a negative manner. Bye
April 28, 2019, 10:24 am
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 11:27 am
Young and taking over says:
Shouldn't you be in church?
April 28, 2019, 11:28 am
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 11:48 am
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 1:29 pm
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 2:23 pm
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye! Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye! Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 2:24 pm
Idiot Kicker from Up in your face says:
Not sure about church, but young needs to be hospitalized. Too bad it’s only a gutless online troll that would never dare speak like that in public.
April 28, 2019, 6:38 pm
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 7:29 pm
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 8:20 pm
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 8:45 pm
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 28, 2019, 9:57 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Yay! Unmoderated comments!
April 28, 2019, 11:27 pm
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 29, 2019, 6:42 am
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 29, 2019, 7:07 am
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 29, 2019, 7:18 am
Young and taking over says:
Oh Nooooes, I made a typo! The humanity! The world will be a better place without the greatest racist generation. Just die already. Bye!
April 29, 2019, 7:30 am
Mai Dai from Prospect Park says:
There is already a protected pedal pusher lane ,running all the way around Prospect Park. What side walkers need is a protected pedestrian lane from the lawless careless bikers. Pedestrians first not the politician protected bicyclists
April 29, 2019, 2 pm
Ranz from Sheepshead Bay says:
Stay off Flatbush Ave Park Path at night. The bicyclers will run you down at top speed in either direction and you won't even see or hear them coming. And the sad truth is that they just don't care. you can tell by their colledtive responses.
April 29, 2019, 2:08 pm
Peter Pyle from Mill Basin says:
As usual, politicians doing their worst in the dead of night.
April 29, 2019, 3:17 pm

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