New protected bike lane to bridge BK, BX
The city Department of Transportation is expanding protected bike lanes, and the change includes a 9-mile stretch between Downtown Brooklyn and the Bronx.
The new path begins in Brooklyn, runs across the Manhattan Bridge, stretches down First Avenue and finally crosses the Willis Avenue Bridge.
Protected bike lanes are separated from traffic with barriers to stop cars from entering and endangering cyclists.
Shared bike lanes, like the one near Alexander Avenue in Mott Haven, are noticeably less safe, according to cycling advocates.
The city says it will create more protected lanes throughout the year.