Thursday, October 27th, 2011
Police say an unidentified Hispanic man in his 20s was hit by a Mack truck early this morning while crossing Coney Island Avenue outside of the crosswalk.
The truck was heading north on Coney Island Ave, and was approaching Avenue P just before 5am when it hit the man. According to the 70th Precinct, the driver attempted to avoid the pedestrian by switching from the left lane to the right, but was unsuccessful.
The pedestrian was transported to Lutheran Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say there is no criminality suspected, and that the investigation ongoing.
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.
Friday, January 7th, 2011
Ben Fried of Streetsblog has a powerful item up on Marty Markowitz’s statements in light of a bloody start of this year in Brooklyn:
In the last few days, a speeding livery cab driver plowed into a Sunset Park sidewalk, injuring a mother and her two nine-month-old twins; a hit-and-run driver knocked a boy out of his stroller and ran over his stomach on Kent Avenue; and 83-year-old Rabbi Mosha Adler was struck by a car in Midwood and sustained lacerations to the head. The rabbi died. The other four victims are hospitalized with serious injuries.
The Borough President has become increasingly vocal on traffic issues recently, testifying before City Council and sending out holiday cards about bike lanes. But after a bloody week for Brooklyn pedestrians, where is Marty Markowitz? Is he paying attention? How long do we have to wait until we see Marty stand up and say this is unacceptable?
If you were watching CBS2 last night, you got an answer. Perched on a Boro Park sidewalk, Markowitz joined Assembly Member Dov Hikind to blast the pedestrian safety improvements NYC DOT has installed on Fort Hamilton Parkway. The new refuge islands, installed on a stretch of road where three people died in traffic in the past three years, are, in Marty’s view, “meshugga.”