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Patch: Roosevelt Island Bridge Loses 'Cheese Grater' Bike Lane; Pols Cheer

City officials took a smooth bike ride across the Roosevelt Island bridge on Friday to celebrate the demise of its bumpy metal surface, which has been covered over following years of demands from cycling advocates.

For years, cyclists had blasted the bridge's "cheese grater"-like metal surface, which felt unpleasant in the best of times and outright dangerous when it grew slippery from rain.

That changed starting in October, when the Department of Transportation began laying down more than 300 bright yellow fiber polymer panels across both of the bridge's bike lanes. Now complete, the revamped lanes were christened on Friday by City Council members Julie Menin and Julie Won, who represent the bridge's Roosevelt Island and Queens sides, respectively.

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