This is no surprise for anyone who lives in Williamsburg, but the stats are troubling nonetheless. Since 2013, there have been over 700 injuries to cyclists and 9 deaths.
Unfortunately, these numbers could rise once the L Train shutdown comes into effect and there are more bikers commuting to and from the city.
Localize.city uncovered areas in 12 neighborhoods where pedestrians or cyclists are three times more likely to be injured or killed in a crash. A pattern emerged among these hot spots: Crashes often occur near elevated tracks or bridges and their approaches…
Intersections near bridges or under elevated tracks — where sight lines might be blocked as many modes of transportation converge— tend to be the diciest.
“Around major bridges in New York City, you have heavy vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic all cramming into a narrow corridor, increasing the risk of crashes. This is exacerbated in places like Williamsburg and the Lower East Side, where many vehicles find their way to the bridge through busy residential neighborhoods,” Lassiter said. “And in neighborhoods with elevated subway or LIRR tracks, the streets below the tracks can be pretty chaotic. Visibility is tough with so many support posts, and the layout of the street can make drivers’ actions unpredictable….
The number of crashes injuring or killing pedestrians and cyclists ticked down slightly in Williamsburg around the bridge over the past five years, dipping about 5 percent between 2013 and 2017. But last year still saw nearly 300 crashes — making it the cluster with the highest number of crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists in the city.
This area around the bridge on the South Side of Williamsburg was the only area among the 12 where crashes injuring cyclists were similar to those injuring pedestrians — indicating how much bike traffic has increased in the area in the past several years.
“Access to the bridge is confusing and dangerous, and as a result cyclists and pedestrians have suffered dozens of injuries and one fatality near the bridge entrance since 2013,” Lassiter said. “With the L train shutdown looming in 2019, the number of pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists trying to use the bridge will only go up.”
Though the city recently made some safety upgrades here, it’s planning more changes in advance of the L train tunnel closure.
“New bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements on streets leading to the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn should help relieve some of the crunch and keep the area from getting too dangerous over the next couple of years,” he added.”
You can read the full report at Localize.city.