Following the news of marked improvements for pedestrians and cyclists traveling around Grand Army Plaza, the DOT has announced [pdf] new improvements around Prospect Park's southeast entrance, including closing the East Drive entrance to automobiles. According to the agency, 20 people are injured at this corner every year, and Streetsblog notes that closing the entrance allows for a realigning of the crosswalks, which "should make motorists more aware of people walking across the street." 57% of the crashes between pedestrians and vehicles at Ocean and Parkside between 2005 and 2009 occurred when the pedestrian had the walk signal.

Closing the road to vehicular traffic shouldn't cause any major traffic snarls: currently the entrance is only open from 7-9 a.m. on weekdays, and only 360 vehicles a day use it, compared to the 1,300 pedestrians that cross the intersection. Neighborhood groups have been fighting for the changes, which are scheduled to be completed by July of next year, for six years.

The NYPD has continued their stepped-up enforcement of cycling laws in Prospect Park, with summonses serving to slow speedy bikers down if large orange barrels don't. "It's weird, it's understandable, it's a good thing in a way," a 59 year-old cycling of 15 years tells the Times, referring to the police presence. "On the other hand, it would be nice to have bike lanes specifically for cycling with their own traffic lights, even outside the park." We can all dream, but until then, multiplying is the next best thing.