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A bicyclist tries to cross traffic on an Atlantic Avenue entrance ramp to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Brooklyn. 

A bicyclist tries to cross traffic on an Atlantic Avenue entrance ramp to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Brooklyn. 

Photographer: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

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Transportation

Anatomy of a Bad Road

Perilous to cross and unpleasant to drive, ride or walk along, Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue badly needs a safety-minded makeover. Here’s how transportation advocates would do it.

On a Sunday evening in May, a 38-year-old delivery worker was fatally struck by an SUV driver after he lost control of his motor scooter at the corner of Clermont Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. 

On a Friday night in October, Jose Ramos, a deaf man, was killed on his walk home from work by a hit-and-run driver at the corner of Essex Street and Atlantic, with his wife just next to him. A week later, Dyral Brown was killed by a speeding SUV driver late one Saturday night as he crossed Atlantic at Nostrand Avenue. He lived two blocks away.