NYC DOT Reports That the Redesigned Prospect Park West is Significantly Safer
The New York City Department of Transportation yesterday released – and presented to a well-attended meeting of Community Board Six's Transportation Committee – an updated study on the effects of the redesign of Prospect Park West.
The big news: the redesign has made Prospect Park West considerably safer. A comparison of NYPD accident reports from July 1st to December 31st, 2010 to the average of the three prior half-year periods reveals that crashes were down by more than 15% on Prospect Park West, while crashes with injuries were declined by more than 62%, and total injuries declined by more than 20%. Best of all, there were zero reported pedestrian injuries during the six months following the redesign, and no reported injuries from pedestrian-bicycle crashes. While the absolute numbers were relatively small, the trend is unmistakable – slowing cars down has reduced the incidence of crashes, and made the street safer.
Taken in conjunction with a huge drop in speeding, and a big increase in cycling, the results make it crystal clear that Prospect Park West project has more than met its objectives. To that end, NYC DOT has proposed several enhancements: replacing the textured, at-grade pedestrian-refuge areas with raised, planted islands; installing low-profile "rumble strips" to alert cyclists when they're nearing intersections; relocating signals for better visibility; and narrowing the buffer zone, with a corresponding widening of the vehicle travel lanes, at the north end of Prospect Park West, to facilitate the roadway transition from Grand Army Plaza. It's clear that they've listened to community input, and acted accordingly.
The Daily News quoted City Councilmember Brad Lander's reaction to the study results: "I think it's clear that the bike lane should be a permanent part of Prospect Park West." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
To see or download the full presentation, please click here: http://nyc.gov/html/dot/
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