CB14 Is the Most Dangerous Community for Pedestrians in Brooklyn

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Community Board 14 saw 3920 people struck by vehicles between 1995 and 2009, which is the highest number in Brooklyn, and the sixth worst overall in New York City.

Transportation Alternatives recently developed CrashStat.org, a new website that features an interactive map of motorist crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists around the city. Their first report, “Walking in Traffic Violence” (see the full PDF), shows that we live in the worst neighborhood in Brooklyn for pedestrians.

The district includes some major roads, all of which have traffic problems. There’s only a bit of Ocean Parkway in the district, which was recently named the third worst street for pedestrians in Brooklyn–it also includes Kings Highway, which was named the second worst. Ocean Avenue is in the district as well, and it has been called a “trouble spot” for fatal accidents. Then of course there’s Coney Island Avenue, which we know is hard to cross, and Flatbush Avenue is insane, as is the intersection of Ocean and Parkside, which neighbors petitioned to create traffic calming measures.

Are you appropriately filled with rage? So what can we do about it?

* We can call for change at particular intersections: The dedicated neighbors who made the Ocean/Parkside petition have made some headway with Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, and The Q on Parkside reports the DOT is working on a plan.

* We can demand that more of the “Complete Streets” legislation is applied to our district by contacting State Senator Kevin Parker and Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs, who sponsored the bill.

* We can ask the 70th Precinct to prioritize enforcement at crash-prone intersections. The next 70th Precinct Community Council is Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30pm at 175 Lawrence Avenue.

- Mary

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