Taking a bike to certain parts of Gowanus and Cobble Hill from North Slope has long been inconvenient.
Of the five bridges spanning the Superfund Canal, the northernmost two, on Union Street and Carroll Street, have been eastbound only. You’d either have to bike down to Third Street, or snake your way through dangerous industrial areas above the waterway.
No longer! We were promised a new lane, and the paint – some of it, anyway – is finally down. I saw this for the first time on a run last night, but didn’t have a camera, so I returned today.
Strangely enough, I noticed it only because I saw a guy going what I thought was the wrong way on the bridge. Turns out he was totally in the right.
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On Degraw west of 3rd Avenue (a “Slow Zone”), DOT has put chalk lines for a future sharrows.
Sharrows on the two blocks between Degraw and Union, on Nevins. (These cyclists might have been unaware of the new two-way path; they continued south on Nevins.)
Where Nevins meets Union, it looks like there will be two lanes. Perhaps the parking on the left will be lost?
Entering the Union Street Bridge heading west. A new dotted double-yellow line marks the contra-flow bike lane.
I held my breath to take this shot.
At the other end of the bridge, all traffic must turn right on to Bond. The lane breaks off to show this.
On Bond (another “Slow Zone”), more sharrows paint.
Here’s what the Union Street Bridge now looks like from the west end – the direction from which cars come.