A protected pedestrian and bicycle path is coming to the shores of Brooklyn. New York City Department of Transportation has unveiled final plans to implement the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile pathway connecting communities along Brooklyn's waterfront. Separate paths for bicycles and pedestrians will allow cyclists and walkers to commute, exercise, explore and relax from Newtown Creek in north Brooklyn to the beginning of the Shore Parkway Greenway in Bay Ridge.
Five miles of the greenway are already in place and include some of the most popular bicycle and pedestrian routes in the city. Two additional miles along West Street and around the Navy Yard are now being designed. Altogether, this unique set of pathways and green spaces are transforming Brooklyn's waterfront. The DOT plan released this week includes the finalized route and funding options for the 23 separate segments that together make up the greenway. The greenway has developed thanks to a partnership of public agencies and private organizations, including NYC DOT, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and Regional Plan Association. More than $20 million in federal funding has been secured for the greenway, including over $14 million sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velázquez. RPA has worked with Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for more than a decade to develop the conceptual and technical design for the greenway and build support for its creation. The summary of the implementation plan released this week was crafted by RPA, in consultation with DOT and BGI. The project represents a key element of RPA's campaign for waterfront greenways throughout the metropolitan region, including our work with Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition. NYC Department of Transportation news release **Media coverage:** Streetsblog NYC