Safer Bike Routes in BK

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Via Biz Journal:

Brooklyn worst for bike accidents: Queens accounts for 29.5 percent of the motor collisions in the city, compared to 28 percent in Brooklyn, 22.6 percent in Manhattan, 14.1 percent in the Bronx, and 5.8 percent in Staten Island. However, Brooklyn is the scene of the majority of bike collisions. While the average number of injured cyclists per 100 collisions citywide is 1.9, the number is 7.7 in Brooklyn’s 88th police precinct, which is in the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. The second most dangerous was the 66th precinct, with 5.1 cyclist injuries per 100 collisions in an area that includes Boro Park (Midwood and Kensington) in Brooklyn. Third was the 9th precinct in Manhattan, which encompasses the East Village neighborhood and a slice of Greenwich Village, bounded by the area stretching from East Houston Street to East 14th Street and from Broadway to the East River in Manhattan, with 4.9 injuries per 100 collisions. No. 4 on the list was the 6th Precinct, which encompasses Greenwich Village (4.5 injuries per 100 collisions) and fifth was Williamsburg, Brooklyn with 4.3 injuries per 100 collisions.

Cyclists at fault in some cases: In March 2015, the NYPD wrote 14 cycling summonses in the 88th Precinct compared to two the previous March. Police say that many of the cyclist accidents there involved cyclists running red lights.

Evening rush hour the worst: The highest number of collisions that took place over the last year (nearly 12,000 of them) occurred around 6 p.m. It’s safest to cycle in the early morning hours, but collisions start rising around 9:30 a.m.

Drivers aren’t paying attention: Here’s an argument for driverless cars. Driver inattention or distraction was behind nearly 20,000 motor vehicle collisions, nearly 26 percent of the total. Last fall, Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit went into effect on roads that were previously 30 mph as part of his Vision Zero plan.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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