Street relief: Downtown Brooklynites ask DOT to flip traffic on Bond Street after Schermerhorn redesign


The newly-redesigned Schermerhorn Street features a long-overdue protected bike lane and other measures designed to make the thoroughfare and its tributaries safer for cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians alike. But some Downtown Brooklyn residents say the conversion of the street to a one-way has led to gridlock in the nabe, and the city’s Department of Transportation is considering a solution.

To make way for the new two-way protected bicycle lane, DOT made Schermerhorn Street one-way eastbound between Smith Street and Third Avenue — eliminating a vehicle traffic lane. Now, those who live and drive on Schermerhorn Street are having trouble driving north, toward Fulton Street, because all of the streets crossing Schermerhorn Street are one-way southbound.