DOT Focuses on Protecting Intersections for Cyclists

After a number of Community Boards banded together to ask the DOT to protect intersections along bike lanes, a study is underway to look at all intersections treatments and come back with recommendation some time next year.

As part of this study, the DOT installed various tests, bollards on the upper west side,┬áColumbus Avenue at 70th Street and Amsterdam Avenue at 85th Street; and a split LPI in Hell’s Kitchn (9th Avenue at W38th Street) . We look forward to get your feedback.

This comes on the heels of DOT’s publication of ” Safer Cycling” a report that analyzes all causes of death and injuries for cyclists. It found that while cycling is getting safer, especially in CitiBike’s territory, the vast majority of crashes occur on streets without protected bike lanes , and 86% of serious injuries occur at intersections. Something pedestrians are well aware of.

ghost-bikeMost crashes leading to fatalities fall in three categories : traveling adjacent to a motor vehicle (29%), traveling at a right angle to a motor vehicle (27%), and motor vehicle turn crashes (21%), the latter being very close to the statistics for pedestrians.

Since 2009, CHEKPEDS has been advocating for Split phase signals at all intersections on bike lanes.

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