Plans to expand the Pulaski Bridge’s bike lane that began a year ago have been approved by the city, meaning cyclists and pedestrians will be able to cross the Newtown Creek in their own lanes.

The plan, first proposed by Assemblyman Joe Lentol, will eliminate one lane of auto traffic on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge and replace it with a dedicated bike lane. According to Lentol, this might have unexpected benefits. “Another indirect added benefit the dedicated bike lane might create involves slowing down motorists that speed southbound over the Pulaski Bridge at sometimes twice the speed limit,” he said.

If all goes according to plan, construction will begin Spring 2014.