In September 2018, the New York City Department of Transportation and Vision Zero released a report titled “Cycling at a Crossroads: The Design Future of New York City Intersections.” Focusing on protected bike lane intersections, this report highlights ways that intersections serving motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians operate. It provides a comprehensive look into the city’s future urban planning operations.
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“Cycling at a Crossroads” acknowledges that the growing network of cyclists in New York City presents significant design challenges for the city government. According to commissioner Polly Trottenberg, the number of cyclists killed in accidents has increased over the past several years, while other traffic fatalities have decreased.
The study attempts to find solutions to this issue by examining various intersection designs using three research lenses and associated methodology:
The study focused on four types of PBL intersections:
By examining safety, comfort, and conflicts in PBL intersections, reviewing video footage, examining accident reports, and surveying cyclists, this study found the following to be true:
The report issued the following recommendations to increase intersection safety for cyclists and motor vehicle drivers sharing the road:
New York City hopes to implement these recommendations into future intersection designs, hopefully reducing the number of cyclist-vehicle collisions in the city.
Safeguards that our city puts into place do not always work; they merely reduce the possibility of an accident, not end them altogether. Accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles happen every day, sometimes with devastating results.
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