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Queens Post: Weather Resistant Panels Now Cover Roosevelt Island Bridge Bike Lanes, Lanes Now Deemed

The journey for bicyclist crossing the Roosevelt Island Bridge, which links Vernon Boulevard in Astoria to the island, has got a whole lot safer.

The Department of Transportation has installed weather-resistant panels in the bike lanes to cover the slippery metal grating that cyclists have long argued was unsafe—particularly after it rained. The grating, which covers the surface of the drawbridge, is the same metal that motorists drive on.

After years of complaints, the DOT began installing weather-resistant panels in October that now cover both of the bridge’s bike lanes. The installation of the panels—which were ordered from England– is part a pilot program, which the DOT says has proved to be successful.

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