Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams organized a press conference on Tuesday at the site of Monday’s fatal crash at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and 4th Avenue, near Barclays Center in Brooklyn; three people were injured and one bicyclist died as a result of the two-car accident.
Adams said he wanted to raise awareness of traffic collision-related casualties and expedite street redesign under the City’s Vision Zero initiative.
“The life that was lost here is not replaceable,” said Adams as he held up a remnant of the car involved in Monday’s crash.
Adams is a supporter of de Blasio’s Vision Zero, an initiative to reduce traffic-related casualties to zero. He is now urging city authorities to fast-track the plan, stating, “A great initiative is only as great as its implementation.”
When asked on how he would specifically implement Vision Zero in Boerum Hill in particular, where Monday’s crash took place, Adams said he did not know and would defer to the professionals who have conducted traffic safety analysis in the area.
Near the site of the crash, Eric Worcester, a 50-year old architect and nearby Brooklyn resident, said, “I see the way Brooklyn drivers drive. Fix the problem.”
Caroline O’Bell, a 30-year old Brooklyn resident and owner of a nanny agency, suggested that the cycling lane should be to the side of the buildings rather than next to the vehicles. O’Bell, who is originally from Poland, said that biking is much safer there because of this system.