Pedestrian and Bike Improvements

If you've ever spent time walking around DUMBO, you know there are some spots that are less than pedestrian friendly. DUMBO was created as an industrial neighborhood. When the streets were laid out, there was more concern about getting shipments of coffee, sugar and soap from the docks to the rest of Brooklyn and Long Island. Now that the neighborhood is growing in both residents and commercial tenants, the streets need to be safer for those who walk and bike here.

In response to requests from the DUMBO BID and concerns from the local community, the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) presented proposals for pedestrian improvements in DUMBO at the Brooklyn Community Board 2 Transportation Committee meeting on January 20th.

These improvements were a direct response to community concerns about pedestrian flow and traffic calming. DOT presented proposals for four specific intersections in DUMBO:

  • York St & Washington St: Build concrete sidewalk extension on southeast. Mark parking lanes and bike route. Potentially add parking to the south curb.
  • Front St & Pearl St: Concrete neckdown at southeast corner. New granite paver crosswalk across Pearl St.
  • York St & Pearl St: Extended sidewalk space and creation of pedestrian island. New granite paver crosswalks across York St.
  • Jay St & Prospect St: Large concrete curb extensions and neckdowns. New Crosswalk across Jay St. Two-way bike lane between Prospect and York and improved bike facilities between York and John St. (these elements are part of the Jay Street Corridor re-imagining project)

The DUMBO BID is thrilled by DOT's responsiveness and commitment to ensuring pedestrian safety in DUMBO. These projects will deliver an immediate, positive impact on the walkability and connectivity of our neighborhood.

Timing on the implementation of these projects is still TBD, but DOT expects them to happen this summer.

You can see the entire presentation of DOT proposals here.