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Redesigned Downtown Brooklyn street aims to protect cyclists

NEW YORK – Officials in Downtown Brooklyn unveiled a new project that aims to provide a safer commute for more than a thousand daily cyclists…

Wednesday, Oct 12

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NEW YORK – Officials in Downtown Brooklyn unveiled a new project that aims to provide a safer commute for more than a thousand daily cyclists along Schermerhorn Street.

The NYC Department of Transportation says hundreds of cyclists ride there on a given weekday, though activists say the trip can be dangerous.

"As folks say, ‘all roads lead to Rome.’ All roads lead to downtown Brooklyn," said NYC Councilmember Lincoln Restler, who represents the 33rd district. "But for those who are trying to cycle to Downtown Brooklyn, it has been putting your life at risk for far too long."

NYCDOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez and cycling advocates cranked the pedals along the new street redesign that turns Schermerhorn street into a one-way, and introduces 1.2 miles of protected, two way bike lanes.

"This used to be a chaotic two-way street with rampant double-parking. The standard bike lanes were often blocked, forcing cyclists to mix with vehicular traffic," said Rodriguez.

This is part of the city’s efforts to promote cycling and ease congestion on streets in the area.

"All the parking is still there, it’s just the redesign and giving safety to the neighbors who are trying to help you every day. Helping you with the air quality and emissions, helping you by not being another car on the street, jamming traffic," says Courney Williams, NYC People’s Bike Mayor, and cyclist behind The Brown Bike Girl .This comes as police identified the 25-year-old cyclist killed Wednesday morning after a crash with a tractor trailer near Prospect Park as […]

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