The city finally has a plan to get bicyclists on the new — yet still closed— Goethals Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path, but it’s going to take some extra pedaling. More than a year after the bridge between Staten Island and Elizabeth, N.J. opened to cars and trucks, the Department of Transportation has finally unveiled a plan [PDF] that forces bicyclists to make a detour around and under the six-lane, cable-stayed twin structure to avoid conflicts with trucks. The Goethals bike path can only be entered on the south side of desolate (but truck-heavy) Goethals Road North between Western and Forest avenues near the entrance to the New York Container Port on the Arthur Kill, the strait separating New York from New Jersey (see map below). Heavy truck traffic headed into the terminal on the one-way, three-lane Goethals Road North would endanger Jersey-bound cyclist, so a plan had to be hatched to safely route cyclists away from the trucks and other vehicular traffic (given that DOT and the Port Authority did not consider methods to reduce or re-route the truck traffic). Thus, a new, protected bike lanes will be built along Gulf Avenue on the south side of the bridge, and cyclists w...