Courtesy of LivableStreets.com

Courtesy of LivableStreets.com

A bicycling and public transit advocacy group says that the areas around the Kings Highway B and Q train station needs more bike paths to alleviate stress on the connecting bus lines.

Transportation Alternatives dispatched volunteers to the station in September to survey commuters waiting for the bus home from the train station. After speaking to residents from neighborhoods along the B2, B3K, B31, and B100 bus lines, they found Southern Brooklyn may be an amenable home to new bike routes along the wider, less congested streets.

“My impressions from this survey is that there is some interest in better bike lanes and infrastructure in Mill Basin, Marine Park, Madison, Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, etc,” said Murray Latner, a former Mill Basin resident who produced the survey materials.

What do you think? Would more bike lanes and sheltered bike parking locations near subways alleviate congestion on the streets and crowding on buses? Would you use it?

[via LivableStreets.com]

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  • Anonymous

    I would have loved this during the 2-fare (bus to train with no free transfer) days. Bike lanes are great(like the Bedford Ave one), but all it does is encourage double parkers to block them.

  • Al Knowles

    I would have loved this during the 2-fare (bus to train with no free transfer) days. Bike lanes are great(like the Bedford Ave one), but all it does is encourage double parkers to block them.

  • http://www.bksouthie.com/ Brian Hedden | BK Southie

    I was amused by the implication that B31 and B100 riders are open and friendly, and B2 and B3K riders are unrelenting [did we resolve the curse-or-not-to-curse debate yet?]s. Command Bus Lines, represent!

  • http://www.bksouthie.com/ Brian H

    I was amused by the implication that B31 and B100 riders are open and friendly, and B2 and B3K riders are unrelenting [did we resolve the curse-or-not-to-curse debate yet?]s. Command Bus Lines, represent!

  • Frank

    I’m a cyclist, though not a commuter cyclist since I drive a car for my service oriented business.
    I believe the areas mentioned above would definetly benefit from the installation of bike lanes as do other neighborhoods. Many people would like to bike to work but are intimidated by traffic. Dedicated bike lanes would definetly get more poeple out there on their bikes. Of course there will always be the knuckleheads who are going to block the lanes. They are the same people who douible park with an empty space next to their car. I’m not so sure about sheltered bike parking near public transprtation.

  • Frank

    I’m a cyclist, though not a commuter cyclist since I drive a car for my service oriented business.
    I believe the areas mentioned above would definetly benefit from the installation of bike lanes as do other neighborhoods. Many people would like to bike to work but are intimidated by traffic. Dedicated bike lanes would definetly get more poeple out there on their bikes. Of course there will always be the knuckleheads who are going to block the lanes. They are the same people who douible park with an empty space next to their car. I’m not so sure about sheltered bike parking near public transprtation.

  • Ray Johnson

    We definitely need more bike lanes that are actually bike lanes. In Southern Brooklyn, cyclists need respect, safe places to store bikes, and more education about how to ride safely.

  • Ray Johnson

    We definitely need more bike lanes that are actually bike lanes. In Southern Brooklyn, cyclists need respect, safe places to store bikes, and more education about how to ride safely.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    NO NO NO HELL FRACKING NO!

    That entire area is already a nightmare. It’s crowded and crazy all times of the year. Taking away ANY road space for a bike lane would be a disaster. Bikes have NO BUSINESS riding through the area.

    NO MORE NO MORE NO MORE ENOUGH!

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur B

    NO NO NO HELL FRACKING NO!

    That entire area is already a nightmare. It’s crowded and crazy all times of the year. Taking away ANY road space for a bike lane would be a disaster. Bikes have NO BUSINESS riding through the area.

    NO MORE NO MORE NO MORE ENOUGH!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    When I was 14 years I rode my bicycle all the way from here to Lawrence, which is near Freeport in Long Island. I rode down busy streets, and even on highways. There was a lot of traffic, but I was careful. As this was 1970 there were no bike lanes.

    Later that year I took a number of other long trips. And for years afterwards I did likewise. The only accident I had was on Emmons Avenue; a cab door opened into the traffic lane.

    Special bike lanes squeeze cars. They also can limit bikers too. Far better that everyone on the road exercise good judgement.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    When I was 14 years I rode my bicycle all the way from here to Lawrence, which is near Freeport in Long Island. I rode down busy streets, and even on highways. There was a lot of traffic, but I was careful. As this was 1970 there were no bike lanes.

    Later that year I took a number of other long trips. And for years afterwards I did likewise. The only accident I had was on Emmons Avenue; a cab door opened into the traffic lane.

    Special bike lanes squeeze cars. They also can limit bikers too. Far better that everyone on the road exercise good judgement.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com/ BrooklynQ

    Hell, I’m for anything that gets the bikes off the damn sidewalk!

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com BrooklynQ

    Hell, I’m for anything that gets the bikes off the damn sidewalk!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    But will it? The law is that anyone over 14 has to ride in the streets. Either a lot of people don’t care, or 13 year olds are getting too mature looking these days.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    But will it? The law is that anyone over 14 has to ride in the streets. Either a lot of people don’t care, or 13 year olds are getting too mature looking these days.

  • BillW

    Lisanne,
    Like you, I rode to Manhattan by bike down Flatbush Ave and over the bridge when I was a kid. Never had a problem. Also rode to the Wall St. area for work during the transit strikes in the 70′s from Marine Park. I really don’t get the “bike lanes”. Do those white lines really protect you from cars and truck 2 feet away? Do they work like the Star Trek Enterprise’s shields? True bike lanes would be separate paths like the along the Belt. Anything less is just a lot of PR.

  • BillW

    Lisanne,
    Like you, I rode to Manhattan by bike down Flatbush Ave and over the bridge when I was a kid. Never had a problem. Also rode to the Wall St. area for work during the transit strikes in the 70′s from Marine Park. I really don’t get the “bike lanes”. Do those white lines really protect you from cars and truck 2 feet away? Do they work like the Star Trek Enterprise’s shields? True bike lanes would be separate paths like the along the Belt. Anything less is just a lot of PR.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    And what is one to do when on streets without bike lanes? Or are we supposed to put bikes lanes wherever there’s two feet of space available?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    And what is one to do when on streets without bike lanes? Or are we supposed to put bikes lanes wherever there’s two feet of space available?

  • Frank

    I still do lots of cycling. I ride from Sheepshead bay to the GW bridge and if I start early enough ride up 9W to Nyack. I say this not to brag (well maybe a little) but to tell you I ride through areas with and without bike lanes. A person can ride from here to the Brooklyn Bridge without riding on a dangerous stretch of road thanks to the new bike lanes that have been created. Of course they are not an “invisble shield” but they give a psychological advantage the same way broken white lines keep most drivers in their own lane. Watching out for people opening their doors is just part of the riding experience the same way you look out for potholes and people walking out into the street. I drive a car more than I cycle so I see both sides to this. Bike lanes do not belong on narrow streets nor do they belong on busy avenues like Coney and Ocean Avenues. I also think cyclists should be responsible riders also by not riding down streets the wrong way, staying off the sidewalk, etc. But adding bike lanes, in a responsible manner, also makes the public aware that the streets are not just for cars.

  • Frank

    I still do lots of cycling. I ride from Sheepshead bay to the GW bridge and if I start early enough ride up 9W to Nyack. I say this not to brag (well maybe a little) but to tell you I ride through areas with and without bike lanes. A person can ride from here to the Brooklyn Bridge without riding on a dangerous stretch of road thanks to the new bike lanes that have been created. Of course they are not an “invisble shield” but they give a psychological advantage the same way broken white lines keep most drivers in their own lane. Watching out for people opening their doors is just part of the riding experience the same way you look out for potholes and people walking out into the street. I drive a car more than I cycle so I see both sides to this. Bike lanes do not belong on narrow streets nor do they belong on busy avenues like Coney and Ocean Avenues. I also think cyclists should be responsible riders also by not riding down streets the wrong way, staying off the sidewalk, etc. But adding bike lanes, in a responsible manner, also makes the public aware that the streets are not just for cars.

  • http://www.110ccdirtbikes.net 110cc dirtbikes

    I’m not sure what it’s like there but here.. we really do need more bike lanes. Either that, or the bikes need to stay on the sidewalks (that is, IF we even had them) Half the time, there are no bike lanes OR sidewalks. I think it’s pretty strange. I mean, the money should be spent because not everyone has a car.

  • http://www.110ccdirtbikes.net 110cc dirtbikes

    Wow! Good for you for bringing this to our attention, as well as doing your part. I know it’s a tough battle but you’re doing what’s right and I commend you for that. I think those employees would get chewed out if their supervisors knew what they were doing. That makes NO sense!!