Prospect Park will be completely car-free from July 17 through September 10, Mayor de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced this morning. It's the first time since the campaigns to get cars out of Central Park and Prospect Park began generations ago that either one will cease to be a shortcut for car traffic for more than a few days at a time.
On Thursday, DOT announced plans to paint a bike lane on Classon Avenue, the northbound one-way street where a left-turning driver killed Lauren Davis as she rode her bike to work last April. As bicycle infrastructure goes, it's the bare minimum -- some stripes and stencils to designate space for biking, with no changes to moving lanes or parking. But that hasn't stopped a group of local officials from coming out against it.
The hellacious walking environment at the intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic, and Fourth Avenues is awaiting safety improvements four months after DOT presented its plan.