The Pulaski Bridge has long been a vital link between Queens & Brooklyn for nearly 60 years. Since it was built, bikes and pedestrians have been regulated to a narrow walkway, and to be perfectly honest until the areas of Greenpoint (Brooklyn) and Long Island City (Queens) started really flourishing in the mid-2000s the shared path was ample. But as NYC has seen a huge jump in the number of people walking and bicycling in the last 5 years the path has slowly turned cramped, then uncomfortable and now - at times - even dangerous.
Particularly during rush hour, which is when I took 15 minutes on my commute home to shoot footage for this Streetfilms Shortie. As you can see the path is full of people going both directions - runners, bicyclists, pedestrians, subway commuters and even quite a few rollerbladers. And in total honesty, I have seen much the path much more congested than this.
While you are observing some of the ped/bike interaction (and in most cases it is extremely gentle and cordial, in all my years I have never seen more than a few words exchanged between users) make sure to also take note: the cars on the roadway move without incident. They always do. The only traffic jams I've seen in 15 years of using it is when the bridge goes up to let ships pass. In fact, I'd say the numbers of cars that pass over barely justify 2 lanes in each direction. 3 is overkill. A lane re-dedicated to active travel will not hinder cars moving over the bridge.
Currently, the NYC DOT is studying the possibility of putting a two-way bike path on the south-bound side. It presents a few tricky design obstacles, but as you can see from the video: during the height of rush, there is plenty of room to take back a lane and give pedestrians full reign of the current path.
And just in case residents need a reminder, I thought it was prudent to grab some footage to use later.