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Will the New Pedestrian Islands on PPW Make it Safer to Cross the Street?

The DOT will begin construction on April 23, installing raised spaces designated for pedestrians at nine intersections along the bike lane.

Next Monday, the Department of Transportation will begin to to help make crossing two lanes of vehicular traffic and two lanes of bicycle traffic on Prospect Park West easier.

Craig Hammerman, the district manager of Community Board 6 said that the new additions are a “necessary component of a plan” that would help “improve pedestrian safety further.”

The islands will not change the street’s or the bike lane’s configuration, but rather take pedestrian areas that already exist and raise them, add some new trees and relocate the pedestrian crossing signals onto the islands themselves. This is meant to enhance pedestrian safety and improve pedestrian crossings by elevating them—giving people better sightlines in order to see car and bike traffic.

Also, cars will not be able to park in pedestrian areas anymore, so they will not obscure people’s vision while trying to get to or leave the park.

The islands will be placed at Carroll Street, Garfield Place, First Street, Third Street, Fifth Street, Seventh Street, Ninth Street, Eleventh Street and Fourteenth Street.

What do you think? Will crossing Prospect Park West be easy to cross as a pedestrian? Make sure to vote in the poll below and if you have any suggestions write them in the comments section.

AR April 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM
It appears to me that the DOT has continued to "tweak" bike lanes. I don't find, more often than not, these adjustments much of an improvement, not to mention the continual and additional costs involved. Bloomberg certainly appears to be doing a "Robert Moses".
Arthur April 18, 2012 at 01:47 PM
This is great. They will make the street safer, allow a little more visibility for pedestrians to see over and around parked cars, and prevent trucks from parking on them. A win for safety and common sense!
Ben April 18, 2012 at 07:27 PM
The bike "lane" in the park is for recreation/exercise. The one in the streets is for commuting. There is no redundancy.
Ben April 18, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Rick, you are missing the point. By eliminating a lane of vehicular traffic, all cars are driving slower on PPW. I drive it regularly. There was never any need for three car lanes. Anecdotally, I have noticed much less double parking as well. The right lane used to be choked up with cars.
AR April 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Ben writes (above): Ben 5:37 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2012 The bike "lane" in the park is for recreation/exercise. The one in the streets is for commuting. There is no redundancy. By the above logic, the DOT should provide "special" designated routes for recreational drivers vs. commuters. There appears to be endless tweaking, similar to throwing good money after bad. Practically speaking, it is what is being done, every change costs. There's a blanket insanity to flooding the streets with bike lanes. Every time I drive where cars and bike share the same lane, I can't help to think it's an accident coming, sooner or later. I am pro bikes and bike lanes, would seriously appreciate a stopping of "shooting from the hip" and having to rethink as a result of someone getting hurt or worse.

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