PROSPECT PARK WEST BIKE LINE A SUCCESS

From Park Slope Neighbors…

Survey Says… The Redesign of Prospect Park West is an Unequivocal Success

Park Slope Neighbors hails the end of a five-year-long, community-driven process and calls on Marty Markowitz and friends to stop the attacks and start caring about street safety.

PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN, January 20, 2011 – A newly released study by the New York City Department of Transportation shows that the June 2010 redesign of Prospect Park West has achieved its goals and is making this former three-lane speedway into a safer, more inclusive street. DOT’s study shows:

* Dangerous and illegal speeding has been drastically reduced, from 74% of vehicles to 20%.
* Injury-causing crashes are down 63%.
* Weekday bicycling has nearly tripled and weekend cycling has doubled.
* The percentage of cyclists riding on the sidewalk fell from 46% to 3%.
* Automobile travel times have not been impacted at all.

“The data confirms what Council members Brad Lander, Steve Levin and Community Board 6’s detailed community survey already told us,” said Park Slope Neighbors campaign coordinator Aaron Naparstek. “This project is working and the community overwhelmingly supports it – even those living in the blocks between 8th Avenue and the Park.”

After an unprecedented level of community input, the Department of Transportation has also released a set of recommendations to improve the bike lane and traffic-calming project. These include the addition of:

* Raised, landscaped pedestrian islands.
* Rumble strips for cyclists approaching intersections.
* A better design for loading zones at the 9th Street entrance to Prospect Park.

“We applaud the Department of Transportation for listening to the community and working to make our streets safe and inclusive for all users,” said Park Slope Neighbors campaign coordinator Eric McClure. “This project is the result of a five-year-long grassroots-driven process that began at the Park Slope Civic Council’s 2006 transportation forum and continued on to Community Board 6’s formal request for a redesign in 2007, through multiple public meetings in 2009 and 2010. The community has waited long enough. We urge DOT to move quickly to implement a final design.”

January has been a particularly bloody month on Brooklyn’s streets. In the first week of the new year alone, a mother and her 9-month-old twins were run down by a livery cab driver on a Sunset Park sidewalk; a hit-and-run driver plowed into a baby stroller and ran over the stomach of a 3-year-old boy in Williamsburg; and an 83-year-old rabbi was hit by a car and killed in Midwood.

“Innocent people are being run over, maimed and killed on Brooklyn streets on a horrifyingly regular basis. And where is Marty Markowitz?” asks PSN’s Aaron Naparstek. “Marty is busy calling for the elimination of DOT projects that we know make streets safer for Brooklyn’s most vulnerable citizens. Shame on you, Marty. Brooklyn deserves better.”

About Park Slope Neighbors: Park Slope Neighbors is a grassroots neighborhood organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of quality of life in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Follow Park Slope Neighbors on Facebook and Twitter.

Can we please stop fighting about it? There are many other roads in this city that need our attention.

Courtesy Jeff Prant via Gothamist

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