Safety advocates voice concern after truck slams into L’Wren’s outdoor dining area
Fears about dining alongside traffic are high after a truck slammed into the outdoor dining area at L’Wren in Brooklyn this week.
Police say an unlicensed driver plowed a pickup truck through the barriers Tuesday night and injured three people who were dining outside.
All three of the injured customers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
"I was very nervous about it… It’s nerve-racking, you think about it now,” said Get Women Cycling executive director Angela Azzolino.
The safety advocate was not the only one who was nervous about the city’s outdoor dining plan.
"There’s no way that someone who isn’t paying absolute attention is going to notice a barrier like this, as sturdy as it is,” said Azzolino.
She says the responsibility is on the driver to obey traffic laws and drive slowly, not on the people dining outside.
"Those of us that are dining and drinking or socializing they’re not actively looking around for safety,” said Azzolino.
Azzolino says the city should provide a basic barrier structure for restaurants.
She says a community response meeting was held after the incident, and a few possible solutions were discussed.
One of those solutions would be moving the street seating to the sidewalk.