Public Transit and Livable Streets

A more robust, efficient and fully-funded public transportation system is key to sustainable growth for our community, and for the city and region as a whole. At the same time, there are simple things we can do to make our city's streets safe for pedestrians, bikers and drivers alike. With more frequent subway and bus service, with safer and more better-planned streets, we can have both a metropolis that really works, and neighborhoods that are more livable day-to-day.

It could be your bubbe or zayde: how we can make Fort Hamilton Parkway safer for everyone

Hamodia
11/05/2010

On December 31st, 2009, a 74-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a truck while she was crossing Fort Hamilton Parkway at 49th Street in Borough Park. In April of this year, a 55-year-old was killed crossing Fort Hamilton just a few blocks away.  Several other pedestrians have been struck by cars nearby. Back in 2008, when a car collision at Fort Hamilton and 44th Street killed two people, a local resident called it the “corner of death.”  

So when the NYC Department of Transportation came out to Community Board 12 back in June to tell us about their plans to install a few pedestrian islands at key intersections along Fort Hamilton Parkway – as part of their “safe routes for seniors” program – I thought it made sense to try to save the next senior citizen from getting killed. Borough Park has a high concentration of seniors, and we’ve seen too many of them hit by cars in recent years.

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Commissioner Sadik-Khan details PPW bike lane study

Read New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan's letter describing the procedures DOT will use to study conditions along Prospect Park West after the installation of the new two-way bike lane. Read more »

A Foot-Friendly Fourth Remains Elusive

map of 4th Avenue development
Wall Street Journal
09/27/2010

When Park Slope's Fourth Avenue was rezoned to spur more housing, developers and elected officials predicted a dramatic transformation for a traffic-choked thoroughfare dotted with auto-body shops, a gas station and a taxi depot.

Seven years and hundreds of apartments later, the auto-body shops have been joined by a smattering of coffee shops, bars and restaurants. But the goal of a bustling, pedestrian-friendly Park Avenue for Brooklyn remains elusive. Instead it remains relatively desolate, attracting little of the street activity that has made Park Slope one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city.

"If you're going to bring more people to Fourth Avenue, you want it to be a place that's more comfortable to walk," says City Councilman Brad Lander, whose district includes the east side of Fourth Avenue. "Some of these cement walls turn their backs on the neighborhood and make it a much scarier place to walk."

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Shared Ride Service Along Former B23 Route Launches

Yesterday was the first day of the new "Group Ride Vehicle Pilot Program" that the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission has launched to provide shared ride van service along the former B23 route bus route.
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Video: DOT Installing Countdown Pedestrian Signals In Brooklyn Along 4th Avenue and Ocean Parkway

NY1
09/16/2010

The Department of Transportation is installing the first countdown pedestrian signals in Park Slope.

The clocks count down the number of seconds remaining before the flashing hand on a pedestrian crossing sign turns solid red and the traffic light changes.

"[These clocks] make it so much easier for seniors, for families, for kids, especially for pedestrians, but also for cyclists and drivers to know how much time they have, and to make smart decisions and stay safe," said City Councilman Brad Lander. "We really believe it's going to save lives."

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Press Release: Council Members Sara González and Brad Lander Join DOT Commissioner to Unveil New Pedestrian Safety Measures on 3rd and 4th Avenues, Ocean Parkway

Brooklyn, NY – Council Members Brad Lander and Sara M. González and local Park Slope and Sunset Park leaders joined Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today to unveil new pedestrian countdown clocks at the intersection of 4th Ave and 9th Street. Read more »

Thank you and prayers to injured Shomrim volunteers

I want to extend my thanks and prayers to the four members of the Borough Park Shomrim/Brooklyn South Safety Patrol who were shot last night in the course of apprehending a suspect on 10th Ave in Borough Park. I am deeply hopeful that all four will make a swift and complete recovery, and especially grateful for the courage and extraordinary dedication of all the Shomrim members to the safety of our community. Read more »

Letter to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan regarding the PPW bike lane

JSK PPW Letter

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