The first cyclist death in New York City of 2020 occurred on Thursday in East Williamsburg the day after a “Green Wave” push by the city to add 10 miles of protected bike lanes to Brooklyn streets was announced.
41-year-old Bushwick resident Pedro Lopez who was pedaling south on Vandervoort Avenue near Rewe Street at around 2:30 p.m. was run over by a flatbed truck turning left across three lanes of traffic.
A redesign of Franklin and Quay Streets by the Department of Transportation with plans to rearrange 15 parking spots and add a protected two-way bike lane is in the works, Brooklyn Paper reports.
The proposal (available here) is part of a larger DOT plan to make commuting by bike easier and safer along the often perilous route through Greenpoint starting where Kent Avenue and Franklin Street meet; existing issues identified in the proposal include:
• Gap in the protected bike lane network between Kent Ave two-way bike path and West St two-way path
• Challenging transition from Kent Ave to Franklin Ave with increased bicycle volumes along a truck route
• Limited eastbound access from West St – Quay St and Calyer St are westbound”
Franklin Street has become especially congested in recent years with heavy truck and construction traffic, the added B32 bus route, more waterfront residents resulting in an increased number of cyclists and runners competing for space on the two-way street.
The 58-year-old, whose name has not been released pending family notification, was on the southbound side of McGuiness Avenue at 3:51 p.m. when he was hit by the truck headed in the same direction, according to police.
EMS rushed the man to Bellevue Hospital, where he died, cops said.
It was unclear if the man was moving when he was hit or had fallen off his bike, according to the NYPD. No arrests have been made and the department is still investigating.
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It happened on Castleton Ave. and Clove Road in Port Richmond.
By today, 15 bicyclists have died on city streets vs. 7 in the same period in 2018.https://t.co/UWo5HwDTuO