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Father and child injured after crashing into wheelchair ramp on busy Downtown street

Blockage: It just took one illegally parked car to force a bus to block the bike lane on Jay Street at MetroTech Center Friday afternoon, one day after a cyclist and his 1-year-old daughter were injured when they hit a wheelchair ramp from a bus that couldn’t pull into the bus stop because police cars reportedly blocked the area.
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A cyclist and his toddler suffered minor injuries after colliding with a ramp lowered from a wheelchair-accessible bus on Jay Street Thursday.

The man and his 1-year-old daughter were riding near the bus stop at Myrtle Avenue when they hit the bus’s accessibility ramp at 11:30 a.m., according to a spokeswoman for the police department.

A tipster told this paper that the bus couldn’t pull up to the curb at MetroTech because several police and other city agency vehicles were blocking the red-painted bus zone, which in turn forced the biker to veer out of the bike lane before the incident.

A spokeswoman for police could not confirm those reports.

The city installed protected bike lanes on Jay Street between Willoughby and Tillary streets in 2016, four years after Brooklyn Paper readers voted a previous bike lane there the scariest in the city amid a 2012 poll.

But the Jay Street bike lane’s new protective elements — including on-street parking and large planters separating cyclists from traffic, along with painting the path a bright shade of green — are not a cure all to the heavy traffic along the busy Downtown thoroughfare, and the bad actors that routinely park in the bike lane, the leader of a local civic panel said.

“The most recent improvements by DOT were not a silver bullet and people who park illegally create safety hazards,” said Community Board 2’s district manager Rob Perris.

A highly scientific glance outside Brooklyn Paper’s third story office at the MetroTech Center near Jay Street showed a scene of utter chaos surrounding the bike lanes below, as bus drivers swerved around an illegally-parked car hogging the bus stop on Friday afternoon.

A Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel referred this paper to police, saying that cars parked illegally were a “enforcement issue.”

The Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The agency’s website does not list any future projects on Jay Street, but the agency is reportedly working to close some of the gaps along the bike lane this year, according to Streetsblog.

Gastel did say that the agency continues to monitor the area, while noting that the thoroughfare has gotten more than its fair share of attention from the city already.

“We continue to look at the area as we do with other areas,” he said. “I think Jay Street has received a lot of attention from DOT and I’ll leave it at that.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 3:27 pm, July 26, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

The boss from BK says:
Only a simpleton would blame the biker.
July 26, 5:22 pm
Muriel from Brooklyn says:
Shiitte happens. This is an extremely vibrant and busy city. Do cyclists just ride down the street in the bike lane blindfolded? As a commuter, whether a bicyclist or motorist, you have to check the roadway in front of you for hazards. Was this guy that childlike that he merrily biked down the street oblivious to his surroundings? Maybe he should not be the person entrusted to safeguard a small child.
July 26, 5:45 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Child services should investigate this “Dad” for endangering his daughter by riding like a self entitled child without any awareness of his surroundings.
July 26, 6:10 pm
Anthony from Park Slope says:
Why isn’t this guy blocked from posting. He’s always so vulgar.
July 26, 7:01 pm
Physicist from Outer Space says:
The ramp comes out the front door of the bus, and certainly takes close to a minute to fully unfold. So this cyclist was planning on zooming past a door that was clearly open and about to discharge a passenger, even if he couldn't see the ramp yet? So he would have slammed into the bus passenger instead!
July 27, 9:24 am
Barry from Kenya says:
Yes, the cyclist was more than willing to take out any pedestrian that had the misfortune is getting in his way. He should be investigated for endangering his child, but instead mayor bozo will give him a medal for supposedly being carbon neutral.
July 27, 9:41 am
ProspectHeightsResident from Prospect Heights says:
Yes, I fully blame the father here. Its not like the vehicle just suddenly appeared out of nowhere to block the path as the biker was coming down the road. No, the vehicle was there, which should have prompted the biker to take better care to go around it, even if that included (gasp) getting off his bike and walking it on the sidewalk around the obstruction. And another thing: I am against bikers riding with infant. It seems very dangerous to me.
July 28, 6:46 am
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
Anthony from Park Slope says: Why isn’t this guy blocked from posting. He’s always so vulgar. Have you not realized that Barry from Kenya is a Brooklyn Paper editor, ginning up clicks?
July 29, 10:40 am
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
ProspectHeightsResident from Prospect Heights: I started riding with my toddler at 18 months and never had an incident. She is 7 now and legally rides alongside me on the streets, respecting pedestrians. I have no idea what circumstances contributed to that crash on Jay Street. Neither do you. My questions are who are you, and what are your qualifications to tell others how to live?
July 29, 10:43 am
jason from CH says:
God the NYPD are a cancer upon this city. We need significantly better cops ASAP. Not these foul, corrupt, entitled meatheads from LI.
July 29, 10:46 pm

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