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Group: Dozens of LI roads dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran speaks Thursday in

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran speaks Thursday in East Farmingdale. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A coalition that includes transit advocates and chambers of commerce Thursday identified dozens of Long Island roads the group deemed unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists.

The streets — from neighborhoods in Elmont to East Hampton — were chosen based partly on crash data from 2014-2016 in which pedestrians and cyclists were struck by vehicles, said Elissa Kyle of Vision Long Island, a nonprofit that advocates for transit-oriented development.

The data were plotted on a map, which revealed clusters of crashes in places where people walked and rode their bicycles, she said.

“We look at areas where there were high numbers of crashes in and around train stations, downtowns, as well as areas that are trying to develop their downtowns,” Kyle said.

The coalition made public its findings at the seventh annual Complete Streets Summit held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in East Farmingdale.

Among the roads the group considered unsafe were North Main Street, Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway in the Village of Freeport. The group found 66 crashes had occurred at sections of the roads where they pass through downtowns and the train station from 2014 to 2016.

Suffolk Avenue, a commercial road that passes through Brentwood and Central Islip, was also determined to be unsafe by the group because 26 crashes had occurred near the train stations.

Many of the streets were designed for vehicles and more needs to be done to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists, said Vision Long Island director Eric Alexander.

“We have these older road designs, which say get in your cars and drive as fast as you can,” he said.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect spelling of Molloy College.

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