Last week, the de Blasio administration announced eight new projects for protected bike lanes in the borough, including 4th Avenue in Park Slope and Gowanus, Flatbush Avenue along Prospect Park, Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, and Navy and Smith streets in Downtown Brooklyn.
“I can’t imagine a better place to kick off this year’s Green Wave than my beloved Brooklyn,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We’re redoubling our efforts to protect cyclists, and New Yorkers can expect to see many more protected bike lanes across the city this year.”
The Department of Transportation (DOT) also released data about one of its major projects in 2018 in Gerritsen Beach. According to officials, one mile on Gerritsen Avenue alone had four speeding-related fatalities from 2007 to 2016.
The DOT added a two-way protected bike lane and installed other improvements, such as pedestrian refuge islands, new bus stops and enhanced crossings. The corridor hasn’t seen any fatalities since the changes.
In a statement, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said Brooklyn had a “tough year for Vision Zero” in 2019.
“Protected bike lanes make streets safer for everyone, and we have heard such great feedback on the work we did creating new protected lanes along 4th Avenue last year,” Trottenberg said. “As a Brooklynite, I am especially pleased to announce that in 2020, we will finish the job.”
Eric McClure, executive director of StreetsPAC, said in a statement that he’s “heartened” to see the city focus on Brooklyn after a grim year for cycling fatalities.
“Protected bike lanes save lives, and not just among people who bike,” he said. “They make streets safer for everyone.
“Completing the northern end of 4th Avenue, adding a two-way path on dangerous Meeker Avenue and protecting high-volume routes like Smith Street and Navy Street will no doubt get us back on the track toward Vision Zero,” McClure added, “this year and into the future.”