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.
Monday, September 19th, 2011
Giuliani applied the broken windows theory to law enforcement in the 1990s. The theory went that, if broken windows were left unfixed and minor acts of vandalism are left alone, greater crimes will be committed because the area appears neglected. There’s a lot of debate over whether the city’s drastic reduction in crime was due to this theory or other factors. However, one fact is undebatable: broken fire hydrants are hazardous, like this one on Coney Island Ave:
If you see a broken hydrant, jot down the exact location and how it’s broken, and report it to 311 immediately. It’s a very short phone call that could well save a life one day. 311 will ask for a description of what is broken and where, and they’ll give you a confirmation number. Keep track of it, as reports have shown that the city doesn’t repair them quickly.
If it’s not fixed in a week or two, call back to check on the status of your report, and spread the word so that others will, as well.
Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Millions of dollars have gone into the renovation of the Ocean Parkway Malls, but people are still putting their lives in danger when they use them.
Back in 2005, a bunch of elected officials got together to put $3 million toward the completion of the renovation of the Ocean Parkway Malls. Councilmember David Greenfield recently announced he’s pledged even more money to the project, which apparently hasn’t been completed through Midwood and the section to the south.
So where has that money gone? I understand repaving paths and installing new benches, chess tables, and tress costs money, but could it have been spent more prudently on things to improve the safety of those who use the Malls?
Earlier this year, the Tri-state Transportation Campaign named Ocean Parkway the third deadliest road in Brooklyn. Sure would be nice if someone was putting money toward effectively controlling traffic, like improving signal timing and adding pedestrian countdown clocks.
What improvements would you like to see on Ocean Parkway?
Friday, March 11th, 2011
The New York Rescue Response Team (NYRRT) has announced a new Fire Safety program, reports the Flatbush Scoop:
Our members will distribute and install smoke alarms FREE of charge to any senior citizen that does not have one installed, living in the Flatbush, Midwood, Kensington and Boro Park neighborhoods in Brooklyn, with plans to expand the program in all of Brooklyn South neighborhoods in the upcoming months.
To schedule an installation appointment, please call 888-NYRRT84 (697-7884) Ext 4.
And a reminder to everyone: Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, which is a great day to change the batteries in all your smoke alarms!
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Police Officer Michael Maher emails the Ditmas Park blog on reasons behind stepped up enforcement of charging bikers breaking rules, and since they serve Midwood as well, here are the reasons why you should ride by the book:
BICYCLIST ACCIDENT INFORMATION
The 70 Precinct has seen a significant rise in bicyclist accidents during the past year.
In 2009 there were 59 bicyclists injured and 1 bicyclist suffered a fatality.
In 2010 there were 92 bicyclists injured and 1 bicyclist suffered a fatality.
In 2010, bicyclists were found to be at fault in the majority of the accidents.
The above statistics show a 56% increase in bicyclists injuries in 2010 compared to 2009.
70 PRECINCT BICYCLIST SAFETY
The above listed accident statistics show that there has been a spike in bicyclist accidents within the confines of the 70 Precinct in the past year.
Regardless of whether the motorist or the bicyclist is at fault for the accident, the bicyclist is going to be the one who loses the most, because they are the ones likely to suffer an injury or death as a result of a collision.
TIPS ON AVOIDING BICYCLE ACCIDENTS
Utilize bicycle lanes when available.
Avoid busy streets when possible.
Utilize reflective clothing and bicycle headlamps when riding at night
Take the whole lane when appropriate.
Ride a door length away from parked cars to avoid door collisions.
Signal your Turns.
Ride as if you were invisible!
Ride in such a way that makes it irrelevant whether a motorist sees you or not.
Avoid using music players and cell phones while cycling because it’s important to reduce distractions and hear what’s around you.
Police Officer Michael Maher
70 Precinct Traffic Safety Officer
LINKS TO WEBSITES OF INTEREST
www.bicyclesafe.com GREAT WEBSITE WITH TIPS ON TYPES OF BICYCLE ACCIDENTS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM.
www.safeny.com/bike-vt.htm LISTING OF NYS TRAFFIC LAWS PERTAINING TO BICYCLISTS
www.bicyclinginfo.org/bikesafe INFORMATION FOR IMPROVING SAFETY AND MOBILITY OF THOSE WHO CYCLE
www.nycbikemaps.com MAPS OF CITYWIDE BICYCLE LANES
www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/bikemaps.shtml NYC DOT RIDE THE CITY BY BIKE