Another Cyclist Injured Along Dangerous Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg – Streetsblog New York

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This is what happens when city officials ignore unsafe streets right in their faces.

On Friday, a cyclist was injured when he was struck by a car driver on the nightmare portion of Flushing Avenue just east of Kent Avenue a through street and crucial bike route in a community with a long aversion to road safety projects.

The cyclist, who gave the name Anthony, was not critically injured, but the collision itself revealed the many ways in which the city has failed cyclists 29 of whom died last year:

The fact is Flushing Avenue is a death waiting to happen. Since Jan. 2018, there have been 170 reported crashes on just the three blocks between the BQE and Franklin Avenue, injuring five cyclists, four pedestrians and 33 motorists. (It is unclear if Fridays collision will even make it into the official records: Cops did not show up while Streetsblog reporter Julianne Cuba was on the scene.)

That part of Flushing Avenue is also a through street through a community which has long been at war with street safety advocates and cyclists.

The clash between the Hasidic community and the citys efforts to build out the bike network were best dramatized when the city erased a bike lane on Bedford Avenue in 2009 after complaints from Hasidic leaders.

A year earlier, the Post covered more opposition to bike lanes from religious leaders in the neighborhood.

The communitys leaders are not the only ones hostile to cyclists, as this 2013 Streetsblog article showed.

The city continues to show great deference to the neighborhoods car culture. To this day, there are no Citi Bike racks in the heart of the neighborhood and safe bike routes mysteriously do not continue through that portion of the neighborhood (see Citi Bike app, above left, and the citys bike map, above right).

Most cyclists just ride on the sidewalk hardly a solution.

We reached out to the Department of Transportation and will update this story if we hear back. Citi Bike has long declined to comment about the gaps in its service in Williamsburg.

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