Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy rated as dangerous for walkers, cyclists

August 9, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Williamsburg Bridge. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan
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Localize.city, a website that provides neighborhood information to home buyers and renters, said the area near the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge is one of the city’s 12 most dangerous areas for pedestrians and cyclists. While the number of crashes where pedestrians were injured has dropped about 5 percent during the past five years, the area still witnessed 300 crashes last year, according to Localize.city.

All in all, Williamsburg saw 704 cyclists injured, 704 pedestrians injured and nine people killed from January 2013 to January 2018.

“Access to the bridge is confusing and dangerous, and as a result cyclists and pedestrians have suffered dozens of injuries and one fatality near the bridge entrance since 2013,” said Localize.city urban planner Andrew Lassiter.

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Other Brooklyn areas mentioned in the survey as dangerous for non-motorists are Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and Downtown Brooklyn. In Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, pedestrian and cyclist industries dropped 22 percent last year, particularly in the vulnerable area underneath the Long Island Railroad train tracks. The area saw 103 injuries last year compared to the average of 132 injuries per year in previous years, Localize.city reported.

Overall, during the five-year period from 2013 to 2018, 206 cyclists were injured in Bed-Stuy, 421 pedestrians were injured and three people were killed. In Downtown Brooklyn, 256 cyclists and 492 pedestrians were injured during the same five-year period, along with six people killed.

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