DOT makes safety improvements to Broadway in Fieldston

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FIELDSTON -

A main street in Brooklyn known as a safety hazard for pedestrians may now gain a new and improved reputation.

The Broadway stretch along Van Cortlandt Park, a spot where many drivers test out their racing skills, just got a safety makeover by the Department of Transportation.

Some of the safety improvements include protected and convention bike lanes and new bus boarding islands with realigned and shortened crossings.

"I think it's actually good,” says one passerby. “At first I was against it, but I think you are stopping the cars from speeding actually and [implementing] more safety for pedestrians…”

The DOT survey from 2015 noted that 38 percent of 450 participants weren't comfortable crossing Broadway, and 50 percent said speeding was their top concern.

Between 2012 and 2016 alone, 11 people, including pedestrians and cyclists, were killed or severely injured on Broadway.

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