Prospect Park Loop Redesign: More Space for Walkers and Bikers

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By now, you have probably heard about proposals to redesign the Prospect Park loop, which were discussed at a public meeting last night.

You see, the Prospect Park Road Sharing Taskforce has been seriously considering changes after several recent accidents left two with severe brain injuries.

The coalition announced yesterday that it wants to double the space allocated to cyclists and pedestrians -- so there would be one lane for each group and one lane for vehicles. The move would get rid of one car lane.

Transportation advocates seem to think the changes, which could take place as early as this spring, are a step in the right direction, but would still prefer an outright ban on cars.

"It gives cyclists and pedestrians their fair share of the space," Michael Murphy, spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, told Runnin' Scared. "Right now, drivers are getting the lion's share. Cyclists and walkers are sort of squeezed together for too small an amount of space. This helps alleviate that."

"We do feel that the park is sort of like Brooklyn's backyard," he added.

But "ultimately, it's inappropriate for someone to bring something as large and dangerous as a vehicle into a backyard."

Here is what the plans look like (from the Prospect Park Alliance):

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Prospect Park Alliance

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