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Runners Could Get Their Own Lane In Brooklyn Park

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 6, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM UTC
Brooklyn's Prospect Park could become more runner friendly. Photo: Crazy Running Girl.com

The proposal is currently  being reviewed by the city.

Brooklyn could be getting more runner friendly.

According to a report  posted on the Brooklyn Paper Web site, a new proposal is underway to give runners their own “lane” at city’s popular Prospect Park.

Not surprisingly, the move is widely popular with runners.

“It creates a space that’s more safe and less crowded,” said Lee Silverman, the owner of JackRabbit Sports. “I’d love to see a softer surface for running.”

An added bonus of the “jogger-only” lane is the prevention of head-on collisions between runners and cyclists.

Presently, runners get to choose between the crowded road or the rocky bridle path.

Michael Ring of the Prospect Park Track Club is happy. He’s hurt himself tripping on the bridle path’s rocks.

“It would be great,” he said. [The bridle trail] is full of rocks — and the horses destroy it.”

The plan is part of a major Prospect Park roadway renovation project that entails removing an entire lane of car traffic

For More: The Brooklyn Paper

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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