Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is urging pedestrians and bicyclists to use caution when utilizing the Ocean Parkway Malls. Assemblyman Hikind recently allocated $6 million for signage and other improvements along the stretch of Ocean Parkway. The allocations are part of the NY Works program and supplement the existing State Road and Bridge Capital Plan.
“Along with my colleagues, I was proud to allocate millions of dollars for Ocean Parkway to protect bicyclists and pedestrians and to improve road safety. For years, while walking with my mother I witnessed many potential accidents. The signage has been enhanced tremendously. But I am still seeing pedestrians carelessly walking in clearly designated bike lanes at risk of colliding head-on with bicyclists. Whether it’s children, elderly individuals, or mothers with strollers, walking in the bike lanes is extremely dangerous. In addition, the pedestrian path on the eastern side of Ocean Parkway clearly indicates, ‘No Biking’ but I continue to see bicyclists ignoring these signs. As you take advantage of the beautiful weather, I caution everyone to be cognizant of where you are walking or cycling. The mere sight of potential accidents is frightening but preventable,” stated Hikind.