The new and improved entry path to the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade from Downtown Brooklyn is finally rideable. If the rest of the bridge path ever gets a widening and makeover to match this one, it will become one of the great walking and biking connections in New York.
The intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic, and Fourth avenues is in some ways the center of Brooklyn, sitting atop the borough's largest transit hub. It's also overrun by cars, funneling traffic to the BQE and the free East River bridges.
Chris Nelson used Edmonton's own motor vehicle collision data to make a chart showing who -- or, more often, what -- is on the receiving end when Edmonton motorists crash their cars. It quickly dispels any rationale for focusing on jaywalking.
Last night, Queens Community Board 6 overwhelmingly endorsed DOT's plan to extend protected bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements, and traffic-calming treatments on Queens Boulevard through Rego Park to Yellowstone Boulevard.
The City Council is expected to pass two bills today intended to improve the pedestrian environment. One would require DOT to "identify six locations with significant pedestrian traffic and develop strategies for enhancing safety and traffic flow at such locations."
Last night, DOT presented the southern segment of its plan for a Seventh Avenue protected bike lane, from 14th Street to Clarkson Street [PDF], to the Manhattan CB 2 transportation committee, which voted for it unanimously.