Eyes on the Street: Safer Crossings on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn

Pedestrians now have expanded median islands, like this one at 20th Street, for safer crossings on Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park. Photo: ##https://twitter.com/J_uptown/status/255785032868827137##@J_uptown##

Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, from 65th Street to 15th Street, is getting its road diet after Brooklyn Community Board 7 overwhelmingly approved changes to the street in May.

Seven pedestrians were killed in traffic along the corridor between 2006 and 2011. To make it safer, DOT is reducing Fourth Avenue from three lanes in each direction to two, with expanded medians for crossing pedestrians and a wider parking lane, as shown in these photos sent by reader @J_uptown on Twitter..

Drivers now have two lanes instead of three, as shown at 43rd Street. Photo: ##https://twitter.com/J_uptown/status/255781198662606848##@J_uptown##
  • Epson431

    and traffic is really worst during rush hours, with one lane that is moving and the other lane occupy double parking big rigs. Need some NYPD enforcement. great job getting to work late.

    might as well add a bike lane to it just to suffer some more.

  • So they went from three lanes to 2….why not stripe a real bike lane? 

  • Epson431

    @Jamesboat:disqus  4th Avenue is really not bike friendly road, IMO. Very few bikers use on the road but more on the sidewalks.

    Since DOT has lots of money to spend, there is room for a bike lane, why didnt do it now when they are converting to two lanes.

  • that is gonna be a little problem on November 4th during the NYC Marathon.

  • Kb10211

    The ave needs curbside bike lanes in both directions. There are plenty of bikers in either sides of the avenue: Park Slope/Prospect Heights and Gowanas. Time to unite them all. It will help with the gentrification of 4th avenue.

  • Kb10211

    The ave needs curbside bike lanes in both directions. There are plenty of bikers in either sides of the avenue: Park Slope/Prospect Heights and Gowanas. Time to unite them all. It will help with the gentrification of 4th avenue.

  • Citizen

    God if I lived in NYC I’d carry an aluminum baseball bat whenever I walked around.  Motorists put me in peril?  Swing, batter batter, Swing!

  • room for wide center medians but not protected bike lanes? nice.

  • Churchroad

    in the early 1970’s, 4th ave was two lanes and the city wanted to expand to 3.  in an act of civil disobedience i slowed the engineering crews, but in the end, the road was expanded.  now, 30 years later, it seems i was right…duh, some vindication – ask the families of all the folks who died on 4th in those 3 decades…

  • Anonymous

    I sometimes ride 4th Ave from Atlantic to the teens. During evening rush the lights are timed much better than on 3rd or 5th Avenues. Once the initial hoard of cars pass, it is not terrible, and even with traffic, most moving cars and trucks avoids the right lane because of all the double parked cars and trucks (which admittedly must be passed with caution when biking). As it stands though, 4th Ave is strictly for “vehicular” cycling. Real protected bike lanes would be a major improvement.

  • Anonymous

    Geck,  there are just enough Kamikaze drivers who use the right lane to pass at high speed and force their way back into the center lane before the double parked car, to be an extreme danger to right lane cyclists and crossing pedestrians.  Passing on the right at high speed may not be illegal under NYS Traffic Law, but it is very strongly discouraged.  It could be illegal as reckless driving.

    Cycling with 3 narrow lanes is consistently dangerous.
    Agreed, protected bike lanes would be best.
    The 2 lane roadway may also turn out to be a better roadway for cyclists.  With 2 motor lanes and the wider parking lane, this may allow cyclists to ride outside the door zone at the edge of the car lane. Without the full third lane, Kamikaze drivers won’t have the space or the legal fig-leaf of an empty lane to pass on the right.

  • Anonymous

    I agree completely.

  • kevran

    Gentrification??? Basically means kick the people out who lived there forever… Get a car! Leave the bikes in the park where they belong.

  • Guest

    THIS WAS A STUPID IDEA! WHOEVER CAME UP WITH THIS IS OUT OF THERE MIND. IT ENDS UP BEING 1 LANE BECAUSE OF THE DOUBLE PARKED CARES. NOW I HAVE TO GO 5 MILES AN HOUR IN RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC. THANKS. SO STUPID…. AND SCREW THESE BIKERS ALREADY. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH I AM TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT CYCLIST. WHAT ABOUT DRIVERS!!! STAY IN THE PARK WITH YOUR BIKE!

  • Thanks for you unscientific view of what is not going on.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Exclamatory All Caps Person:
    Your post makes me very happy you can only go five miles an hour.
    Sincerely,
    The Mixed Caps and Lowercase with Periods Crowd

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