One of the things I would like to come out of Vision Zero is for the city to end the risk that pedestrians and bike pose to each other on the Brooklyn Bridge.
They don't result in deaths. They result in fist fights, bruises, and lost revenue.I've seen the occasional stretcher and ambulance, but I don't think many people get admitted.
My second premise:If the path was all peds, I believe more tourists would use it as a leisurely way to see the sights, and have a greater chance of eating lunch in Brooklyn, as well as buying shirts proclaiming "Brooklyn".http://explorebk.com/2014/05/08/walk-across-brooklyn-bridge-dumbo-brooklyn-bridge-park/They would tell their friends at home in Ohio or France about how great it is, and there would be a snowball effect.At present, the path has reputation among bikers and pedestrians as being crowded and filled with jerks, with everyone defining the other as the "jerk" and the "crowd".
You don't have to take my word.http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3938249/http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/pedestrian-guards-stationed-bridges-move-limit-biker-walker-accidents-article-1.956176http://forums.roadbikereview.com/general-cycling-discussion/hit-pedestrian-brooklyn-bridge-yesterday-6pm-289240-4.htmlhttp://nypost.com/2011/08/15/look-out-its-bklyn-bridges-war-path/http://brooklyn.about.com/od/brooklynbridge/a/Taking-A-Run-Or-Going-For-A-Jog-Across-The-Brooklyn-Bridge-Top-Tips.htm