Streetsblog reports that Manhattan CB6 approved Astoriabike's 2010 plan (# 2) for the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge! Of course I have no idea if this blog was actually where the idea came from... but it might have been. I'm certainly happy to take credit. And I'm always happy to help.
This one-short-block bike path under the bridge will make a huge difference for biking. You can't ask bikes to obey traffic regulations if traffic regulations prevent you from doing what is quickest and most safe.
And for pedestrians going west they still need to open the Obstruction Gate.
I'm still a little baffled why it wasn't already done, since that lane under the bridge has never served a purpose for cars (because of the left turn lanes before it). But better late than never.
And it still would be nice -- for bikes and pedestrians we wouldn't have to cross -- if bikes could cut through the the public works parking/storage under the bridge.