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Biker Hit a Pedestrian on Prospect Park's West Lake Drive, Breaking his Hand

Another accident occurred on West Lake Drive this past weekend.

A biker riding down Prospect Park’s West Lake Drive allegedly struck a pedestrian and broke the walker's arm this past weekend.  

On Saturday, January 7 at around 4 p.m., a bicyclist allegedly hit a 62-year-old man near the Vanderbilt Street Playground, breaking his hand and sending him to New York Methodist Hospital, police told The Brooklyn Paper.

According to The Paper, the accident occurred where the , which reduced two lanes into one, in an effort to reduce the speed of cyclists riding on the downhill section of the drive after , where  and were both in comas.

Last Saturday’s accident is the second incident that occurred since the DOT’s traffic-calming measures were implanted in November 2011, days before a meeting, where community members, park, city and law enforcement officials discussed how to make the park’s drives safer for all users. 

The last accident happened on December 10, where a bicyclist was riding down West Lake Drive when he suddenly lost control, crashed and suffered head trauma.  

What do you think? Is West Lake Drive safer since the DOT placed the orange traffic barrels along the roadway and installed a “highly visible crosswalk” at the intersection near the playground? Vote in the poll below!

If you have suggestions about how the drive can be made safer, please tell us in the comments!

Robert February 17, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Chicken... Rick is lost.. You do not have to defend yourself... The park is a bike path where the rules accommodate bikers unlike the streets where bikes must and should follow the rules of the road.. Rick probably spends as much time trying to get schools from allowing free play as he does on the park bike issue. He need to wrap himself in bubble-wrap and find a safe corner of the world, miles from other people and live out his pathetic little life
Robert February 17, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Rick,, really... no one have ever stopped at the lights in the park .. you sound pretty silly and immature
Parksloper February 18, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Why were the orange cones removed?
Chicken Underwear February 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I was told by people at the Park's Dept that the Dept of Transportation realized they did not help and removed them
Parksloper February 20, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Figured as much. They were looking for a quick fix after that woman was put in a coma. Wonder how she's doing.

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