Trottenberg: DOT Will Redesign Ninth Street With Protected Bike Lanes

Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio faced a crowd of his Park Slope neighbors calling for immediate safety improvements on the street.

Looking west on 9th Street from Fifth Avenue, the site of Monday's crash. Photo: Park Slope Neighbors
Looking west on 9th Street from Fifth Avenue, the site of Monday's crash. Photo: Park Slope Neighbors

DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says the city is moving quickly to implement protected bike lanes, concrete pedestrian islands, and other safety improvements on Ninth Street in Park Slope, where Dorothy Bruns ran over and killed Joshua Lew and Abigail Blumenstein earlier this week.

Trottenberg announced the redesign this afternoon in testimony to the City Council transportation committee. DOT wants to show a plan to Community Board 6 within weeks and implement it “as soon as the weather permits,” she said.

“I have directed my planning and engineering experts to analyze and redesign the Ninth Street corridor, including protected bike lanes and other pedestrian safety treatments,” Trottenberg told council members. “We will have a more detailed plan to unveil in the next few weeks.”

A 2007 redesign added buffered bike lanes to Ninth Street, but it remains wide and prone to speeding.  In 2016, a hit-and-run driver killed 41-year-old Bahtiyor Khamdanov at the same intersection where Lew and Blumenstein were killed. That year, a driver also critically injured a cyclist at the intersection of Ninth Street and Sixth Avenue.

Those collisions occurred a mere 500 feet from the Park Slope YMCA, where Mayor de Blasio exercises almost daily. On Tuesday, after news of Monday’s crash had spread, more than 100 demonstrators greeted the mayor on his way into the gym, demanding immediate action to redesign the street.

“We’ve been asking for this street to be fixed for years, and it hasn’t been fixed,” rally organizer Doug Gordon told the crowd.

Two days later, DOT has made a firm commitment to redesign the street.

  • Vooch

    Well done advocates – shows what can be done.

    Tragic that it took the killing of 2 innocents to finally get action.

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    We are happy to inform you that due to the necessity of maintaining turning lanes … there is not sufficient width to install protected bike lanes.


  • Altered Beast ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    yeah. the price was too high.

  • Guest

    I just don’t get it. DOT said there was no room for protected bike lanes on 9th St. Two kids died and suddenly there’s room? How many other streets will they suddenly discover has room for safety improvements AFTER someone is killed?

  • J

    De Blasio’s Vision Zero Mad libs:
    1) [INSERT COMMUNITY] requests safety improvements on [INSERT DANGEROUS ROADWAY].

    2) DOT responds that safety improvement not possible because of [SELECT ONE: PARKING CONSTRAINTS, VEHICLE VOLUMES, ROADWAY WIDTH]

    3) Tragic death of [SELECT ONE: CHILD, ELDERLY PERSON, COMMUNITY LEADER] draws media attention to safety issue.

    4) [INSERT COMMUNITY] reiterates call for action, with intense political pressure.

    5) DOT moves forward aggressively to fix safety problem on [INSERT DANGEROUS ROADWAY].

  • Bike lanes were added in 2007. Is that when the street was last repainted? What happened to basic maintenance? Newark maintains their bike lanes better than NYC!

  • AnoNYC

    Hey DOT, you could keep the turn bays if you remove the corner parking!

    And how about the rest of the city? All buffered bike lanes on two way streets should be considered for conversion to parking protected ones now.

  • strangemonkey

    more people will need to be killed first.

  • strangemonkey

    That’s how the system seems to work, e.g. it is FUCKING BROKEN, there is no organization, and no one in government with ANY skin in the game.

  • strangemonkey

    And don’t count chickens before hatching, because the DOT is incompetent.

  • Jemilah Magnusson

    There have never been properly protected bike lanes on this street. But its not exactly a secret that other cities have better bike infrastructure.