Park battle brewing between cyclists, pedestrians

December 7, 2011 5:39:56 AM PST
A battle is brewing in Brooklyn between pedestrians and bike riders in Prospect Park.

Cyclists are said to be riding too fast, putting everyone else at risk. But some riders say pedestrians need to stay out of the way.

Speeding bikers have long been a complaint by many in the park. And those jogging or walking need to be on alert as riders come zipping by, sometimes faster than the 25-mile-per-hour limit. {olice even handed out pamphlets recently, reminders bikers of the rules of the road.

For starters, pedestrians always have the right of way. Cycling is not permitted on park paths, and cyclists must travel in a counter-clockwise direction. There is the 25 mph speed limit, bikers must have bells and lights before dawn and at dusk, and headphones are not allowed.

Runners and those out for stroll worry about the injuries piling up because of dangerous collisions, including one in November that left a woman in a coma.

But riders say they should not be singled out and claim many times it the pedestrians who wander into the bike lanes.