David J. Goodman of the New York Times with a story on a problem in Prospect Park.
It seems that the city is trying to make it safer for people who walk and ride bikes.
As an avid bike rider, I am always hearing complaints about cyclists.
Matter of fact, I think complaining in general has reached an all-time high!
Like Vince Lombardi once said, “WHAT THE HELL’S GOIN’ ON OUT HERE?”
On a stretch of Prospect Park’s main drive, bright orange traffic barrels are the most visible symbols of an urgent and emotional debate over whose rights should have priority in Brooklyn’s largest park: pedestrians’ or cyclists’?
The barrels, which appeared suddenly last Monday, are part of an effort by park officials to slow down bicycle riders, by narrowing the roadway at the bottom of a hill on West Drive, near a main intersection.
They also serve as a grim reminder of the serious collisions between pedestrians and cyclists in the park in recent months.
The accidents, including two that left women with severe brain injuries, have revealed a simmering conflict among the runners, in-line skaters, cyclists and pedestrians who vie each day for a small piece of the increasingly crowded park.
“As the use has grown, we’ve noticed that there’s more and more competition for space on the drive,” said Emily Lloyd, the park’s administrator.
That competition for space has grown more pitched in recent years as the park’s popularity — roughly 10 million people visit each year — has run up against a cycling boom in Brooklyn. As a result, the kinds of fights that have long been seen in Central Park are occurring with increasing regularity in Prospect Park as well. “People are very protective of their space and how they use the park,” Ms. Lloyd said.
After a severe accident involving a pedestrian and a cyclist in June, park officials convened a task force of city agencies and park users to look into proposals for increasing safety on the main drive, including stronger law enforcement, new traffic patterns, better signage and an educational campaign.
Here’s a solution. Designate certain hours of the day that bikers can ride in the park. What’s so hard about that?
But my question is, are people watching where they walk?