POLL: What is the Most Dangerous Aspect of Prospect Park's Drives?

After the most recent accident, where a bicyclist hit a pedestrian and she was placed in a medically induced coma, and the DOT's installation of a crosswalk, questions still linger.

Park Slope Patch wants you to weigh in on what is the gravest danger on the drives in Prospect Park.

Almost all of the attendees of the on Nov. 16 opposed cars in the park, but the current issue at hand is that and . There have been two serious life-altering injuries caused bicyclists hitting pedestrians since this summer. 

Submit your vote in the poll below!

Rick Oshea December 01, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Sure let's get cars out of the park. As far as rules that make sense we have them. And now the police say they are going to enforce them. Let's hope so.
Rick Oshea December 01, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Well I see the poll presented herre shows that since it was posted voters consistently have siad the problem is bicyclists. By a fair margin too. I am glad to see there is more sense out there than these posts would indicate.
Martin December 01, 2011 at 08:00 PM
You're right, Rick. 238 people in a non-scientific, self-selected Internet poll in which one may vote multiple times should have the final say. Compared to the 2 million people who use the park every year, I think using a poll on a relatively new and small local blog is a great way to gauge problems and potential solutions. How do we know it wasn't just you voting 200 times? If the majority said that cars need to go, I have a feeling you'd dismiss this poll and cry about the real issue being bikes.
Chicken Underwear December 01, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Yea, The real, thought out decision making process is going on at a higher level than this. The The Prospect Park Road Sharing Taskforce is considering more things than "Racing bikes are bad, enforce the law!"
Judith January 07, 2012 at 01:28 PM
A few comments: 1. Park roads are currently designed to primarily accommodate cars--even though that's not their primary use. The park drives are unable to safely accommodate the shared use because of the focus on accommodating commuting cars. 2. Few bikes exceed 25 mph in the park. Virtually all cars do. 3. The worst car offenders in the park are off-duty police officers. Any car you see illegally using the transverses or drives going 40-50 mph with flashing lights is an off-duty police officer. Stop them--and they will tell you. Yesterday, one literally attempted to run me over. 4. It is impossible to make the park safe for non-car users given the ongoing abuse of the park by our police officers from all surrounding precincts. 5. Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz, will block any and all efforts to have cars banned from the park. 6. Car drivers are blatantly absent from the Road Sharing Taskforce. Marty supposedly represents them. It is because of the need to maintain the drives for car use that the park remains such a shambles for mixed use. Their voice needs to be heard on the taskforce. 7. Recently, 60 tickets were given to cyclists in a 3 week period in the park. During that same period, how many tickets were given to cars? 8. Cyclists being ticketed at this point are bike commuters riding counter clockwise in the park--not the speeding pellatons. Ticketing is doing nothing to solve the problems of the park.


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