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More than 20,000 pedestrians and 20,000 cyclists cross the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges each day, and the bike boom over the East River bridges has been sustained since before the pandemic. Cycling traffic increased by 22.75% in July 2020 over July 2019, 55% in November 2020 over November 2019, and 27% in May 2021 over May 2019. Unfortunately, these bridges aren't designed for so many cyclists to cross safely.

                Manhattan-side bike path entrance on the Manhattan
The narrow two-way Manhattan Bridge bike path requires bikers to travel single file, even when it's busy.
                Brooklyn Bridge's new two-way bike path
The new Brooklyn Bridge bike lane is an improvement, but 8 feet isn't wide enough for a safe two-way lane.

Reallocating two car lanes each on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges into protected space for cyclists would ensure the growing number of cyclists can safely cross and free up more space for pedestrians.

                Williamsburg Bridge's side by side bike and pedestrian
The Williamsburg Bridge two-way bike path and pedestrian space. When either section is busy, people spill over onto the other side.
                Manhattan Bridge's pedestrian space with many cyclists
                riding through it
The two-way bike path on the Manhattan Bridge is so crowded that cyclists regularly end up on the narrow pedestrian path.

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