DOT announces Brooklyn's 1st shared street, effort to make roadways safer for all users

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The Department of Transportation announced Brooklyn's first shared street on Thursday.

Willoughby Street has been transformed into a shared street that allows cyclists, pedestrians and drivers to co-exist at once. This is in an effort to make the roadway safer for all users.

The DOT is adding measures to calm traffic in the area with a 5 mph speed limit. It is also adding a protected barrier in the road for people to hang out.

The street also includes new plants, bike racks and furniture.

"It represents an important transition from accommodating pedestrians and bike riders to prioritizing them," said bike advocate Sharon Pope.

The DOT says the new road additions will help to decrease the amount of cars in the road, making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians to use.

The shared street has been in the works for three years. DOT teamed up with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to survey the area and see how people used the road.

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