‘Bike Train’ rally kicks off to launch new alternative ahead of L train shutdown

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — Commuters, advocates and elected officials rallied Thursday to launch the first-ever L train “Bike Train.”

The “bike train” hopes to provide an alternate transportation option for Brooklyn commuters who will be impacted by the L train shutdown next year.

Organized by the Transportation Alternatives, the group bicycle commute will be suitable for people of all abilities.

According to the group, the bike train is expected to roll from Brooklyn to Manhattan once a week in preparation for the shutdown and throughout 2019 until the L train is back in service.

The shutdown is expected to begin in April 2019 for about 15 months, when the Canarsie Tunnel is closed for major repairs.

The Canarsie was one of the nine underwater tunnels that flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, all of which required extensive repair and rehabilitation.