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New York Daily News | November 21, 2005

By Elizabeth Hays

Brooklyn's most dangerous cycling intersection may get a whole lot safer.

City Transportation Department workers began installing a new two-way bike path on Tillary St. last week to make it safer and easier for bikers to ride onto the Brooklyn Bridge bike path.

"It's a really good improvement," said Noah Budnick of Transportation Alternatives, which last year rated Tillary and Adams Sts. the most dangerous location for cyclists in the borough.

"Now cyclists won't have to crisscross multiple lanes of traffic and dart between cars to get on and off the bridge," added Budnick, who last spring suffered a serious bike accident nearby after leaving the Manhattan Bridge path.

There were 20 accidents involving cars hitting cyclists at Tillary and Adams between 1995 and 2001 - the third-highest in the city, according to Transportation Alternatives statistics.

The top two were both in Manhattan. Houston St. and the Bowery had 23 accidents, and Broadway and Union Square West had 22.

Before the new Tillary bike path, there was no clear route across the busy downtown Brooklyn intersection, forcing the roughly 1,200 cyclists a day who ride over the bridge to navigate six lanes of fast-moving car traffic.

The new path will run along the northern side of Tillary and be separated from traffic with a barrier.

DOT officials said the work is slated to be finished by the end of the month.

The new path is just one of several bike lane improvements underway in downtown Brooklyn.

DOT workers are also installing a new bike path on Adams St., north of Tillary, and along Sands St. for cyclists heading to the Manhattan Bridge path.

Workers are also repaving the northbound bike lane along Clinton St. and eliminated a spot at Joralemon St. that forced cyclists to abruptly switch across traffic from the west side of the street to the east side.