A safer Caton Avenue & Albemarle Road –> and more changes on the way

A safer Caton Avenue & Albemarle Road –> and more changes on the way

Back in January, hundreds of community members filled the PS 130 auditorium to address longstanding concerns about pedestrian safety in Kensington and Windsor Terrace – concerns made all the more pressing by the tragic death of a teenager, Mohammed Naiem Uddin, just a few weeks before. At the January meeting, the NYC Department of Transportation presented a comprehensive plan to enhance safety in the area. Since then, we have been steadily pushing forward to make sure Kensington and Windsor Terrace get the safety improvements that students, seniors, families, and all of us need.

To keep you up to date about DOT’s progress, my office has created the K/WT Street Safety Tracker on our website, which allows you to see the status of each of the elements in their plan. We’ve already taken some major steps forward together. I encourage you to check out the many improvements planned for our area.

For example, this summer DOT will make a series of changes to improve pedestrian safety along Caton Avenue, between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue. With the support of both Community Board 7 (not without a little drama, but overwhelming in the end) and Community Board 12, and advocacy by the PS 130 PTA and my office, DOT will convert the road into one lane in each direction and add turning bays, pedestrian islands, and new pedestrian crosswalks. The changes will reduce speeding and make pedestrian crossings safer—especially important given that a new school, MS 839, will open its doors on Caton Avenue this fall.

Last week, DOT installed two speed humps and new signage on Albemarle Road. For many years, speeding on Albemarle Road has put pedestrians, drivers, and bikers at risk—especially families walking to and from PS 230. Back in 2013, my office worked with the Albemarle Neighborhood Association, and hundreds of you signed a petition pushing for action. In response, DOT developed a plan to reduce speeding and improve visibility – by narrowing the driving lanes, installing two “no standing” zones (at the highest injury intersections), and adding these two new speed humps.

DOT’s comprehensive plan for the area also includes changes around PS 130 (e.g. the new stop sign at the intersection between the school and the subway entrance) and PS 230 (e.g. a 20 MPH school slow-zone and new signage), a new crossing-guard at the K-280 (the Bishop Ford pre-K center), improvements at streets and intersections throughout Windsor Terrace (e.g. new speed humps, as well as studies for new stop signs or signals), and curb extensions at the intersections of McDonald Avenue with Church Avenue and Ft. Hamilton Parkway (chosen by you in recent years of Participatory Budgeting NYC).

You can view the status of all of these changes via the K/WT Street Safety Tracker on our website.

Thank you again to so many members of our community who have voiced their support for these projects and advocated to make sure they became a reality: the Uddin Family (who have turned their grief into passion for a safer community), the PS 130 PTA & the 300 community members who signed their petition (and especially Principal Maria Nunziata & Meema Spadola), the PS 230 PTA, the Albemarle Neighborhood Association, Brooklyn Community Board 7, and Brooklyn Community Board 12.

I’d also like to give a special thank-you to DOT's Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Keith Bray, Rob Viola, Zephreny Parmenter, Rich Carmona, and Rebecca Zack, who worked on the plan, for making street safety in Kensington and Windsor Terrace a real priority, and working to develop and implement comprehensive street safety improvements for our communities.

I will continue to champion safe places for walkers, bikers, and drivers—in Kensington and Windsor Terrace, the 39th Council District, and across New York City—and I am committed to partnering closely with you to see more meaningful changes on our streets and sidewalks.

We’ve still got a long way to go toward a “Vision Zero” NYC—where no one is killed or seriously injured in traffic crashes—but, by working together, we are making some very good progress.

Thanks, and have a great weekend (and a Happy Father’s Day to all the other dads),

-Brad

P.S. Next Monday, DOT will present their design for Avenue C Pedestrian Plaza” (recently proposed by community members for the unused concrete triangle at McDonald Avenue and Avenue C) to CB12’s Transportation Committee. After the presentation there will be an opportunity for you to comment on the design. Then the CB12 Transportation Committee will vote on it.

DOT’s design for the plaza is informed by the discussion at a very well-attended public workshop in April, organized with the Kensington Plaza Stewards and the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership. I encourage you to come to the meeting next Monday and check out the design for yourself:

“Avenue C Plaza” PresentationMonday, June 22nd at 7 p.m.AMICO Senior Center, 3rd Floor5901 13th Avenue (at 59th Street in Boro Park)

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