At a press conference in East New York on Wednesday, New York City Department of Transportation officials unveiled on Fountain Avenue between Pitkin and Seaview avenues the 100th mile of protected bike lanes constructed under the de Blasio Administration, as a part of the city’s “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety program.
Officials also announced a new lowered speed limit along Linden Boulevard, a Vision Zero priority corridor that has seen 14 fatalities since 2013.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg also announced major new projects as part of the administration’s “green wave” bicycle plan, including an expansion of signal timing on major bike corridors in Brooklyn.
The new protected lanes bisect East New York, stretching from near the A train station at Euclid Avenue to the new entrance to the Jamaica Bay Greenway and Shirley Chisholm State Park.
“And in a year when two thirds of cycling fatalities have unfortunately been here in Brooklyn, we are excited to embark on innovative new safety projects like the green wave downtown,” said Trottenberg.
The protected lanes are part of Community Board 5, one of among 10 Bicycle Priority Districts citywide targeted by DOT with a limited amount of cycling infrastructure while seeing a disproportionate number of cyclists killed or seriously injured.
Additional bike lanes are slated for:
–4th Avenue (between 15th and 60th Streets), South Slope/Sunset Park
–Shore Parkway (between Bay Parkway and Bay 53rd Street), Bath Beach
–7th Avenue (between 65th and 84th Streets), Bay Ridge
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