One stretch of a busy Brooklyn street will soon be safer for bicyclists, provided transportation officials complete scheduled upgrades as planned.
Parkside Avenue has seen more than its fair share of bicycle accidents in recent years. In fact, as Patch reports, it is one of the top three most dangerous corridors for bicycle traffic in the borough. The city has established a number of bicycle safety enhancements during the pandemic. Bicyclists who use this long-neglected route of travel should soon be enjoying the benefits of those initiatives.
What is changing?
If you cycle below Prospect Park, you can expect to see a number of improvements on this main corridor, including:
- A dedicated, two-way bike lane. A special parking lane will protect this bike lane from street traffic between Park Circle and Ocean Avenue.
- A concrete barrier. This physical barrier will buttress the bike lane as it approaches Ocean Avenue.
- Off-road access. Near the intersection with Park Circle, the bike lane will retreat into the relative safety of an off-road environment.
With more than 400 cyclists using the street every day, improvements are needed and welcome. Bicyclists are virtually unprotected in the event of a collision with a car or truck. In a bicycling mecca such as Brooklyn, these safety enhancements will go a long way toward helping bicyclists avoid severe and even life-threatening injuries.
Only one aspect of bicycle safety
Redesigned streets are only one way to cut down on dangerous and deadly bicycle accidents in Brooklyn and in all five boroughs. Drivers of motor vehicles must obey traffic laws and exercise due caution when in the vicinity of a bicyclist. Those who are injured in such accidents should know they have powerful legal rights protecting their financial futures.