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Brooklyn’s 10 most dangerous intersections for cyclists: report

July 30, 2019 Noah Goldberg
A young cyclist waits at the intersection Monday where Ernest Askew was struck and killed by a car last week. Eagle photo by Noah Goldberg

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.

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1. Jay Street & Tillary Street. 20 injured.

Jay Street and Tillary Street. Image courtesy of Google Maps
Jay Street and Tillary Street. Image viaGoogle Maps

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.

Atlantic Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Atlantic Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Image via Google Maps

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.

Graham Avenue and Grand Avenue. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Graham Avenue and Grand Avenue. Image via Google Maps

“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.

Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue. Image via Google Maps

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.

Roebling Street and South Fourth Street. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Roebling Street and South Fourth Street. Image via Google Maps

“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.

Myrtle Avenue and Ashland Place. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Myrtle Avenue and Ashland Place. Image via Google Maps

7. Bushwick Avenue & Grand Street. 13 injured.

Bushwick Avenue and Grand Avenue. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Bushwick Avenue and Grand Avenue. Image via Google Maps

8. Dekalb Avenue and South Portland Avenue. 13 injured.

Dekalb Avenue and South Portland Avenue. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Dekalb Avenue and South Portland Avenue. Image via Google Maps

9. Ocean Avenue & Parkside Avenue. 11 injured.

Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue. Image via Google Maps

10. Fifth Avenue & Bergen Street. 11 injured.

Fifth Avenue and Bergen Avenue. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Fifth Avenue and Bergen Avenue. Image via Google Maps

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