Brooklyn’s 10 most dangerous intersections for cyclists: report
Amid a spike in cyclist deaths in 2019, the sharpest increase has been in Brooklyn, where 13 riders have been killed already this year. That’s 72 percent of the city’s cyclist deaths in just one borough.
Real estate platform Localize.city analyzed intersections in New York City from 2013 to 2018 and determined which were the most dangerous for bikers based on injuries and fatalities at those crossings. The findings don’t include this year’s cyclist deaths, and certain intersections have gotten bike lanes since 2013.
Here are the 10 most dangerous intersections in Brooklyn during that five-year period, along with comments from real estate experts on the top five.
1. Jay Street & Tillary Street. 20 injured.
The most dangerous intersection in Brooklyn, according to Localize.city, is where two bustling thoroughfares — Jay Street and Tillary Street — intersect in Downtown Brooklyn.
“This is a crowded intersection along a key route for people cycling over the Manhattan or Brooklyn bridges. “While some bike lanes are marked, such a major bike route needs to be protected with better marked lanes,” said Localize.city Urban Planner Dan Levine.
2. Atlantic Avenue & Bedford Avenue. 20 injured.
Another intersection of major streets — Atlantic Avenue and Bedford Avenue — also saw 20 cyclist injuries from 2013 to 2018, according to Localize.city.
“The bike lane on Bedford Avenue is not separated from traffic and is wedged between car-travel lanes. It’s unprotected on either side, and as riders cross the six-lane Atlantic Avenue, they’re expected to maneuver toward the curb. But often cars in a left turn lane actually turn back into traffic, creating a risk for cyclists,” said Sam Sklar, an urban planner with Localize.city.
3. Graham Avenue & Grand Street. 14 injured.
“On narrow, crowded, business-lined Grand Street, riders contend with double-parked cars and trucks and blocked bike lanes,” Levine said.
4. Jay Street & Myrtle Avenue. 14 injured.
A 2016 bike lane was added to make commuting via Jay Street safer, Localize.city noted.
“It is physically separated from the auto traffic and is wider than a typical bike lane,” Sklar said. “Buses do use the bike lanes, too.”
5. Roebling Street & South Fourth Street. One dead, 13 injured.
“Before 2017, the biking expressway over the Williamsburg Bridge ended at this chaotic intersection with poorly marked and inadequate bike lanes,” Levine said. “New protected lanes feeding to the bridge should make the route safer.”
6. Ashland Place & Myrtle Avenue. 13 injured.
7. Bushwick Avenue & Grand Street. 13 injured.
8. Dekalb Avenue and South Portland Avenue. 13 injured.
9. Ocean Avenue & Parkside Avenue. 11 injured.
10. Fifth Avenue & Bergen Street. 11 injured.
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