Siting the heavy volume of pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle traffic; a rate of 12.7 severe injuries per mile from 2007-2011; and a slated street repaving, NYCDOT has proposed the creation of a parking protected bicycle path on Lafayette Street and Fourth Avenue. The plan envisions the reconfiguration of the streets' bicycle, moving and parking lanes so that:
- Cyclists will be protected from moving vehicles by parked vehicles and thus be less vulnerable to accidents and less inclined to use the sidewalk in order to feel safe.
- Site line visibility for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists will be increased so that each can clearly see and anticipate the actions of the others.
- Pedestrian intersection crossing distances will be shortened making it easier to cross the street while avoiding bicycle and vehicle traffic.
- Vehicle traffic capacity will be maintained at current levels.
See the full presentation below or go here for information about this and other projects around the city.
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"The City will use every tool at its disposal to improve the safety of our streets. With this action plan, the City is making a bold new commitment to improve street safety in every neighborhood and in every borough – with expanded enforcement against dangerous moving violations like speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians, new street designs and configurations to improve safety, broad public outreach and communications, and a sweeping legislative agenda to increase penalties for dangerous drivers and give New York City control over the safety of our own streets."