NYCDOT - 9th Street Safety - 3-29-07

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NYCDOT - 9th Street Safety - 3-29-07

  1. 1. 9th Street Safety & Bicycle Project Park Slope, Brooklyn Division of Street Management & Safety Traffic Operations Bureau Presentation to CB 6, Brooklyn March, 2007
  2. 2. DOT 3-Year Bicycle Network Expansion Plan • 200 mile expansion of on-street network • Targeted to: – Increase connectivity – Areas with high demand – Citywide backbone of routes
  3. 3. 9th Street: Bicycle Network Link
  4. 4. Corridor Crashes 2004-2006 Crashes Injured: 3rd Ave 4th Ave 5th Ave 6th Ave 7th Ave 8th Ave PPW Pedestrian 6 14% 9 12% 14 21% 5 14% 3 16% 7 23% 1 17% Bicyclist 3 7% 2 3% 3 5% 3 8% 1 5% 1 3% 0 0% Passenger 6 14% 13 18% 3 5% 8 22% 3 16% 10 33% 0 0% No Injury 29 67% 50 68% 46 70% 20 56% 12 63% 12 40% 5 83% Total Crashes 43 74 66 36 19 30 6
  5. 5. Primary 9th Street Issues 1. Uncomfortable Cycling Route 2. Pedestrian Safety Concerns 3. High Speeds 4. Interrupted Thru Movements 5. Challenging Left Turns Project Goal: A Safer and More Comfortable 9th Street Corridor for ALL Street Users
  6. 6. Proposal Summary • 4 Lane to 3 Lane “Road Diet” – Left Turn Bays – Bike Lanes Carries existing 3 lane configuration at 4th Ave to Prospect Park • • Fast Implementation: July 2007 Existing Proposed
  7. 7. Issue 1: Uncomfortable Cycling Environment • Cyclist squeezes b/w • Cyclist separated from moving lane and parked travel lanes cars, or • “Takes” moving lane CENTER CENTER SIDEWALK SIDEWALK 9’ 10’ 10’ 8’ 5’ 11’ Flush Parking Moving Moving Parking Bike Lane w/ Moving Median Lane Lane Lane Lane 3’ buffer Lane (4’ / 2) Proposed Condition Existing Condition Proposed Condition Existing Condition
  8. 8. Issue 2: Pedestrian Safety Concerns • 3rd & 9th Fatality • Dizzy’s Crash (8th Ave) • CB 6 Complaints
  9. 9. Issue 2: Pedestrian Safety Concerns • Lane Assignments, Speed Reduction & Simplified Operations • Potential Refuge Islands at Crossings with One Way Avenues
  10. 10. Issue 3: Speeds • Excess Capacity – Atlantic Ave (at Clinton): 26,000 vehicles per day (vpd) – Vanderbilt Ave (at Atlantic): 19,000 vpd – 9th St (at 6th Ave): 11,500 vpd • Thru Lane Removal – 1 Lane: lead vehicle sets pace – Successful “4 to 3” reductions: • Vanderbilt Ave • Gerritsen Ave
  11. 11. Issue 4: Interrupted Thru Movement Existing Condition Existing Condition Double-parked auto Double-parked auto Autos moving thru Autos moving thru or bicyclist or bicyclist Left-turning vehicle Left-turning vehicle Right lane vehicles Right lane vehicles waiting for gap waiting for gap change lanes twice change lanes twice
  12. 12. Issue 4: Interrupted Thru Movement Proposed Condition Proposed Condition Bicyclist Double-parked auto Bicyclist Double-parked auto Left-turning vehicle No lane changes Left-turning vehicle No lane changes waiting for gap waiting for gap
  13. 13. Issue 5: Challenging Left Turns Left Turning Motorist Have Existing Condition Existing Condition 4 Concerns 1) Vehicles Approaching 1) Vehicles Approaching from Behind from Behind 2) Identifying Gap in Left Lane 2) Identifying Gap in Left Lane 3) ID’ing Gap in Right 3) ID’ing Gap in Right Lane Lane 4) ID’ing Pedestrians in 4) ID’ing Pedestrians in (VISIBILITY HINDERED) (VISIBILITY HINDERED) Crosswalk Crosswalk
  14. 14. Issue 5: Challenging Left Turns Only 2 Points of Focus and No Visibility Problem Proposed Condition Proposed Condition Vehicles from behind in Vehicles from behind in different lane different lane Driver only needs ONE gap to Driver only needs ONE gap to turn; can then look at crosswalk turn; can then look at crosswalk
  15. 15. Bicycle Network Benefits
  16. 16. Implemented with Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Connection to Columbia Street Promenade t St e t ur Av S Co Bay ith 3 rd St Sm e St Av bia 5 th lum 9 th St Co
  17. 17. • July 2007 – Center of Brooklyn Connected to Prospect Park and Red Hook Waterfront on a Continuous Bike Route
  18. 18. Summary Project Goal: A Safer and More Comfortable 9th Street Corridor for ALL Street Users • Cyclists – – Dramatically improved experience – Connections to major attractors • Pedestrians – – More Comfortable and Safe with Potential for Capital Improvements • Motorists – – Simplified and Safer Operations – Center median reduces head on crash risk • New Street in July – “Operational” Design Allows for Rapid Implementation
  19. 19. End of Presentation

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