The Emmons Avenue Protected Bike Lane Is Done!

In November 2022, Bike South Brooklyn supporters joined a ribbon-cutting and bike ride with Borough President Antonio Reynoso, DOT leaders, and neighbors, to celebrate the opening of the Emmons Avenue two-way protected bike lane, resolving a critical and high-stress gap in the route of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

Emmons Avenue lies entirely in the bounds of the bike-hostile Community Board 15, and when NYC DOT presented its formal proposal for a safe bike connector, it was rejected in an obscure CB15 committee without an opportunity for residents like you to voice their support.

That’s when we asked you to take action, to skip past the recalcitrant board, and demonstrate support directly to the then-Borough President, Eric Adams, who was presumed by that time to be the next mayor-in-waiting.

You did, and it worked! Your direct action helped make the Emmons Avenue bike lane a reality.

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Construction of Emmons Avenue protected bike lane underway — Jessica Parks for Brooklyn Paper

“I’ve lived here my whole life so to see a bike lane on Emmons Avenue, it’s a miracle,” said Bike South Brooklyn member and Sheepshead Bay native Will Kitcher. “You can get anywhere from Sheepshead Bay Road to Queens, or to Breezy Point or to Jacob Riis without being on a road without having to worry about getting into an accident at all.”

New Emmons Avenue bike lane welcomed by cycling advocates — Shakti Denis for News 12

DOT proposes 2-way protected bike lane along Emmons Ave in Sheepshead Bay — Katie Vasquez for News 12