Bad news for bicyclists. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has changed its plans regarding the bike path that runs along Plumb Beach. In a press release, the Army Corps of Engineers has announced that a section of the bike path will be closed until construction is complete – which won’t be before December.

Last March, we reported that the Army Corps of Engineers was planning on creating a detour for the bike path, but upon further review, it appears that the Engineers are reneging on their promise to keep it open. Dan Falt, the Army Corps project manager for the Plumb Beach project explained why change of heart:

“We had originally hoped that we would be able to maintain a detour for bicyclists and pedestrians while carrying out this critical coastal storm risk reduction work, but it’s becoming clear that in order to ensure public safety around the active construction site we’re going to have to close the bike lane completely. We’re doing this work in an extremely tight space, surrounded by water and the busy Belt Parkway and we need to make sure that the contractor has the space to operate while also ensuring public safety by keeping bicyclists and pedestrians away from the construction activities,” Falt said in the release.

Bicyclists riding along the bike path will have to get off the path at Flatbush Avenue if they are traveling west or Knapp Street if traveling east to prevent riding into the closed section.

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  • Jim

    “…wont be before December” of 2015 maybe!

    The question is whether they will block off the ramp to Plum Beach all together, so you wont even be able to do what the two bikers are doing in the picture above.

    The problem is that in high traffic conditions, even if motor vehicles are moving at walking pace, cars will stay in the Plum Beach ramp to the last second, thereby making riding next to them very dangerous. They need to cordon off a few feet of ramp road for bikers. There is more then enough space for both car and pedestrianbike.

    It is interesting to note that on the East end of Plum Beach, there is no sand on the bike path.

    • frankiev

      At one point a cyclist could actually walk the bike along the sand covered path. Now, the sand is so deep, you can’t even do that. It would be so simple to place some of those orange stanchions on the vehicle entry lane. But easy solutions are never an option.

      • nolastname

        They could use the concrete dividers to form a lane and block the sand from going on the belt. But, even that would be temporary. The wind and shape of the land does not allow the sand to be that high in that spot….It’s against nature. Maybe…. when rock jetties are in place it will help the current, not change the direction of wind.

      • PayPaul

        Yeah right! We’re supposed to get our shoes filled with sand because some incompetents allowed the sand the reach across the path? So we get inconvenienced once again? Unacceptable! How hard is it to scrape up and remove that sand to the beach? They’d probably do more if the Belt itself was impacted. I can see that happening given the lack of a barrier. Imagine, if you will, a massive sandstorm like the one that impacted the #14 freeway out in California a few days ago.

        The picture above shows bicyclists riding on the shoulder of the Belt. Is that possible? I might consider it but certainly it is dangerous given the attitude of those with cars towards cyclists and pedestrians.

    • guest

      Well, bicycles don’t belong on the on-ramp. It’s for cars. Drivers have
      every right to use the on-ramp and it shouldn’t be shortened. The Belt
      Parkway is for cars not for bicycles.

      • i-like-cars-and-bikes

        Of course, but it would be of little inconvenience to drivers. It’s ridiculous that this short path has been such a mess for four years and now the answer is that you can’t get there from here. Also, cars should not be in the offramp that would be used to enter the parking lot, and there’s ample room there for a protected lane for bikers.

  • get_a_car_u_r_2_old_2_bike

    Now they can get a car.

    • get-a-bike-fatty

      Get a bike, you’re too fat to drive

  • http://twitter.com/nicktherat Nick the Rat

    itll be underwater by 2033! Ima start a new boat transit company NOW! whos in?

    • nolastname

      You give it that long? The Belt needs to be elevated all along this end of Brooklyn.
      My old suggestions are starting to scare me. Raise the sewer system..&..elevate the Belt.

  • guest

    No worries. Once the emperor and his queen get wind of this. The belt parkway will be shortened by a lane to accommodate these clowns.

    • Bob

      well we can hope.

      • nolastname

        No Bob..”we” don’t hope. Though I am for green the belt can not lose a lane, now if you want to add a lane….you go right ahead.

        • Bob

          It’s not losing a lane. That’s an offramp. You’ll notice a big ONLY sign — only cars exiting the now closed Plumb Beach stop. So let’s use it. I don’t want to take anything away from cars, but I do want to be able to bike thru to Riis Park! We do hope.

          • nolastname

            I’ll reply. It’s an on ramp first. Cars are not supposed to cross directly over to use it as a cut into the belt. It is again an onramp for cars leaving the beach to enter safelt onto the belt. As in my previous comment to frankiev concrete dividers might help here also. Please read back.

  • newkai

    You can still get through by walking your bike through the sand. It’s about 100 yards and a good workout. The conditions were actually improved last weekend (6/2), as some of the sand had been pressed down by a machine, shortening the “desert” a good 15 yards.

    I’m all for having this path opened again and in pristine condition, but don’t let this little inconvenience ruin your ride.