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New York begins adding concrete barriers to bike path

Campaigners have been calling for such measures for a decade

Shortly after the Hudson River Park Bikeway reopened on Thursday, New York authorities began placing hundreds of large concrete barriers at junctions to prevent vehicles from entering. Sayfullo Saipov is accused of driving a truck down the cycle path on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 12.

While most of the path is edged by concrete and other barriers, campaigners have been calling for bollards to be installed at entrance points after a cyclist was hit and killed by a drunk-driver over a decade ago.

Ben Sarle, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, told the New York Times that concrete barriers would be placed at both vehicle and pedestrian junctions between 59th Street and Battery Park, along the West Side Highway.

The State Department of Transportation will put in six concrete barriers at each of the 31 vehicle access points and two large concrete cubes at each of the 26 pedestrian access points.

“After these safety measures are installed, there may be areas at the intersections that will be more narrow than they used to be,” said Sarle. “But, I would trade a little speed for substantially more safety any day.”

He did however add that the barriers’ positioning could be altered if they were resulting in too much congestion.

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